calorie

noun
cal·​o·​rie | \ˈka-lə-rē, ˈkal-rē\
variants: or less commonly calory
plural calories

Definition of calorie 

1a : the amount of heat required at a pressure of one atmosphere to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius that is equal to about 4.19 joules abbreviation cal

called also gram calorie, small calorie

b : the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water one degree Celsius : 1000 gram calories or 3.968 Btu abbreviation Cal

called also large calorie

2a : a unit equivalent to the large calorie expressing heat-producing or energy-producing value in food when oxidized in the body

b : an amount of food having an energy-producing value of one large calorie

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The calorie count alone is enough to make your hair curl, and looking back, opting to consume one was an act of rebellion all its own. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Love Letter to The Fat Sandwich, New Jersey's Delicious (and Caloric) Claim to Fame," 1 Oct. 2018 Food Good-to-Go’s dehydrated Mexican Quinoa Bowl ($7) packs 700 calories, lasts two years, and weighs just six ounces. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, "The Ultimate DIY Bug-Out Bag," 27 June 2018 One cup of lobster meat has 129 calories, 1.2 grams of fat, 212 milligrams of cholesterol (that’s 70 percent of your daily intake), 705 milligrams of sodium (29 percent of daily intake), 28 grams of protein, and zero grams of sugar. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Lobsters have teeth? Yes, they do," 23 Apr. 2018 Studies have found calorie counts can influence food choices. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "What, Cocktails Have Calories? New Rules Will Show How Many," 23 Mar. 2018 According to the Union of European Soft Drink Associations, the calorie count of the average soda fell 12 percent between 2000 and 2015, because of voluntary industry action. Caitlin Dewey, Philly.com, "Why the British soda tax might work better than Philadelphia's," 21 Mar. 2018 If the local 'Bucks doesn't have calories listed on the menu, opt for tall and grande sizes (sorry, venti). Jessica Leigh Mattern, Redbook, "18 Guilt-Free Starbucks Drinks For When You're Trying to Lose Weight," 21 Nov. 2017 So while many low-carb lovers may be tempted to take things to the next level, the carnivore diet implies that 0% of your calories come from dietary carbohydrates — a practice that's highly unsustainable for the long haul. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Need to Know About the Carnivore Diet," 7 Sep. 2018 Some, for example, may feel better with fewer carbs and more fat, while others function best when more than half of their calories come from carbs. Colleen Stinchcombe, Redbook, "What Are Macros, Exactly?," 27 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of calorie

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for calorie

French calorie, from Latin calor heat, from calēre to be warm — more at lee

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The first known use of calorie was in 1866

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calorie

noun

English Language Learners Definition of calorie

: a unit of heat used to indicate the amount of energy that foods will produce in the human body

calorie

noun
cal·​o·​rie | \ˈka-lə-rē, ˈkal-rē\

Kids Definition of calorie

1 : a unit for measuring heat equal to the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius

2 : a unit of heat used to indicate the amount of energy foods produce in the human body that is equal to 1000 calories

calorie

noun
cal·​o·​rie
variants: also calory \ˈkal-​(ə-​)rē \
plural calories

Medical Definition of calorie 

1a : the amount of heat required at a pressure of one atmosphere to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius that is equal to about 4.19 joules abbreviation cal

called also gram calorie, small calorie

b : the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water one degree Celsius that is equal to 1000 gram calories or 3.968 Btu abbreviation Cal

called also kilocalorie, kilogram calorie, large calorie

2a : a unit equivalent to the large calorie expressing heat-producing or energy-producing value in food when oxidized in the body

b : an amount of food having an energy-producing value of one large calorie

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