cal·​o·​rif·​ic ˌka-lə-ˈri-fik How to pronounce calorific (audio)
: of or relating to heat production

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Chick-fil-A's spicy deluxe sandwich is the restaurant's most calorific offering at just 550 calories. Malak Silmi, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Sep. 2021 Known for being dense and calorific, mooncakes are typically filled with lotus seed or red bean paste and a salted egg yolk symbolizing the moon. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2019 China has plenty of low-quality coal at home, but needs to blend that with cleaner, more calorific coal from abroad to hit pollution targets. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, 19 Sep. 2018 Unsurprisingly, more calorific diets went along with bigger brains. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, 23 Aug. 2018 Lollapalooza can be broken down and described by its three main elements: good music, delicious calorific food and, of course, flower crowns. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, 26 July 2017 In the early 1900s, the eponymous Alfredo di Lielo needed a calorific meal to feed his pregnant wife. Erin Florio, CNT, 3 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History


French or Latin; French calorifique, from Latin calorificus, from calor

First Known Use

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of calorific was in 1654

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Cite this Entry

“Calorific.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


cal·​o·​rif·​ic ˌkal-ə-ˈrif-ik How to pronounce calorific (audio)

Medical Definition


cal·​o·​rif·​ic ˌkal-ə-ˈrif-ik How to pronounce calorific (audio)
: of or relating to the production of heat

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