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

Examples of caramel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The shop also offers a range of toppings such as caramel sauce, candies, and assorted cereals such as Cap n’ Crunch and Fruity Pebbles. al, "SMOOSH Cookies opening first Alabama location," 10 Jan. 2020 The unapologetically cinnamon-forward caramel apple? Anchorage Daily News, "12 drinks of Christmas: Coffees, cocoas, cocktails and kombuchas to get you through to the new year," 28 Nov. 2019 Free fistfuls of Pixy Stix, caramel-apple pops and saltwater taffy in every room will fuel your buzz. Phillip Valys,, "Candytopia: a wonderland of farting unicorn pigs, gummy Cardi B and a marshmallow swimming pool," 26 Nov. 2019 The gluten-free treat featured rich caramel, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and a hint of sea salt. Maria Pasquini,, "Dunkin’ Is Bringing Back Their Girl Scout Cookie-Flavored Coffees," 16 Dec. 2019 Add the onions and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon and tossing constantly until they are evenly coated in the caramel, about 30 seconds. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "It doesn’t take hours to make an intense, dark and rich French onion soup," 5 Oct. 2019 From sugar-free to chocolate, coconut, caramel covered, cookies are basically a national treasure with literally hundreds of ooey, gooey varieties to enjoy. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Celebrate National Cookie Day With These Sweet Treats," 4 Dec. 2019 Toffee nut, caramel, and cinnamon dolce syrups get in there somehow. Catherine Urban, Bon Appétit, "Your December Horoscope: A Very Specific Starbucks Order for Every Sign," 1 Dec. 2019 Summit Spice also stocks an impressive variety of hot cocoas (with flavors like picante, salted caramel and candy cane) as well as mulling spices for wine and cider. Anchorage Daily News, "12 drinks of Christmas: Coffees, cocoas, cocktails and kombuchas to get you through to the new year," 28 Nov. 2019

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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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Caramel.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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


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


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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