calorie

noun
cal·​o·​rie | \ ˈka-lə-rē How to pronounce calorie (audio) , 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

Examples of calorie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From a nutritional standpoint, molasses has the same amount of calories as granulated sugar. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Quick, easy Pineapple Raisin Muffins freeze well," 16 Apr. 2020 There are a lot of calories that come with consuming alcoholic beverages and that can exacerbate not only weight gain, but just depressed mood. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "The ‘Quarantine 15’: How to stay active and avoid unintentional weight gain while stuck at home," 31 Mar. 2020 For the curious, Biscoff cookies clock in at 120 calories per two cookies. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "No more Biscoff cookies: United Airlines subs in Oreo Thins as complimentary snack," 15 Feb. 2020 And children in general get as much as half of their daily calories at school, nutrition experts say. Eva-marie Ayala, Dallas News, "More pizza and potatoes? The politics of school lunch raises concerns about nutrition," 27 Jan. 2020 By cutting the sugar and the carbs, this recipe, which serves four, comes in at about 360 calories per serving. Washington Post, "Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry," 14 Jan. 2020 This one clocks in at under 500 calories per portion. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "This lighter fettuccine still delivers the cheesy, creamy goodness we crave," 4 Sep. 2019 But at 1,756 calories, a serving of deep-fried mac and cheese is universally recognized as the definition of sinful. Time, "The Strange Allure of State Fair Food," 11 July 2019 The average craft beer clocks in at around 200 calories. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Twin Cities breweries getting in on hard seltzer craze," 20 June 2019

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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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21 May 2020

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“Calorie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calorie. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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calorie

noun
How to pronounce calorie (audio)

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 How to pronounce calorie (audio) , 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 How to pronounce calory (audio) \
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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