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 Other hard teas are lower calorie and lower sugar, too. USA Today, "Could low-cal, low-sugar hard teas become the new IT drink? Some say they're ‘better than White Claw’," 14 Apr. 2021 However, Halo Top International, which sells its lower-calorie ice cream in over 25 countries outside the U.S., is skeptical of Unilever’s attempt to use available freezers to get closer to customers. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Ben & Jerry’s in Winter? If You’re Home Anyway, Why Not?," 11 Dec. 2020 That's an impressive vitamin and mineral package for a relatively low-calorie food, which makes oatmeal a nutrient-dense ingredient. Cynthia Sass, Rd, Health.com, "Is Oatmeal Healthy? Here’s What a Nutritionist Wants You to Know," 20 Apr. 2021 And when the future of the colony is at stake, every calorie counts. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "Want to Be Ant Royalty? Prepare to Lose Part of Your Brain.," 13 Apr. 2021 The besties recently launched a line of low-calorie, low-carb wines. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Celebs getting a taste of wine success," 8 Apr. 2021 The students also have to put together calorie counts and nutritional info along with a write-up describing each dish, Tardy said. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Sullivan University chefs to judge which 'healthy comfort food' goes to NASA astronauts," 6 Apr. 2021 Carrots are a healthy, low-fat, and low-calorie snack. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, "Can Dogs Eat Carrots? An Expert Weighs In," 2 Apr. 2021 Uber Eats spokeswomen said that their companies’ platforms allow restaurants to post calorie counts and nutrition information in the description fields on menu items. Washington Post, "Food delivery apps are exempt from posting nutrition information. This loophole has added to our pandemic pounds, advocates say.," 1 Apr. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Calorie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calorie. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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 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 calorie (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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