caramel

noun
car·​a·​mel | \ ˈkär-məl How to pronounce caramel (audio) ; ˈker-ə-məl How to pronounce caramel (audio) , ˈka-rə-, -ˌmel\

Definition of caramel

1 : a usually firm to brittle, golden-brown to dark brown substance that has a sweet, nutty, buttery, or bitter flavor, is obtained by heating sugar at high temperature, and used especially as a coloring and flavoring agent Caramel is an ingredient in many candies.
2 : a firm, chewy, usually caramel-flavored candy made with sugar, cream, corn syrup, and butter a bag of caramels

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An autumnal vision of dusty blues, champagne, and caramel hues brought together 300 family and friends who have known the couple since the sixth grade. Kt Merry, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Dallas, With Love: This Texas Wedding Redefined Effortless Elegance," 7 Nov. 2018 In order to not steal the spotlight from the bride, Meghan might also choose a more demure color to wear such as navy, pale pink, or caramel. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Outfit Meghan Markle Might Wear to Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding," 2 Oct. 2018 Highlights include tender wallaby tartare and stick-to-your-ribs chicken wings smothered in black pepper caramel. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "The Right Way To Ski Mount Buller, Australia’s Winter Playground," 10 Dec. 2018 Combine sugar and water, and bring to a light amber caramel. 2. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "How to make the best banana cream pie ever," 4 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, prepare bourbon-caramel sauce: In medium saucepan, combine sugar, lemon juice and 1/4 cup water. Tiffani Thiessen, Good Housekeeping, "Brioche Bread Pudding with Bourbon-Caramel Sauce," 9 Oct. 2018 Sweet Seduction has top notes of rum and creamy caramel, with mid notes of candy corn and powdered sugar, and a base of vanilla cream. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Yankee Candle Is Releasing Two New Scary-Good Halloween Candles This Week," 21 Aug. 2018 Start with the sparkling, fresh ceviche, move onto beef-tongue tacos and roasted ribs, and finish, ideally, with a piece of tres leches drizzled with goat’s milk caramel. New York Times, "Things to Do in NYC This Weekend: MoMA PS1 and Quad Cinema," 28 June 2018 Get your fill of caramel, toffee, coffee, suede, bone, and vanilla shades in these neutral makeup palettes. Allure, "The 10 Sexiest Nude Makeup Palettes," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of caramel

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for caramel

French, from Spanish caramelo, from Portuguese, icicle, caramel, from Late Latin calamellus small reed — more at shawm

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The first known use of caramel was in 1702

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caramel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of caramel

: a light brown candy made from butter, sugar, and milk or cream
: sugar that is cooked until it is burnt and that is used to give color and flavor to food
: a light brown color

caramel

noun
car·​a·​mel | \ ˈkär-məl How to pronounce caramel (audio) , ˈker-ə-məl\

Kids Definition of caramel

1 : a firm chewy candy
2 : burnt sugar used for coloring and flavoring

caramel

noun
car·​a·​mel | \ ˈkar-ə-məl How to pronounce caramel (audio) , -ˌmel; ˈkär-məl How to pronounce caramel (audio) \

Medical Definition of caramel

: an amorphous brittle brown and somewhat bitter substance obtained by heating sugar and used as a coloring and flavoring agent

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