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 Well balanced, dry on the palate, with fruity and a slight caramel note. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Pineapple Satay with Coconut Caramel Pineapple holds up to skewering, doesn’t fall apart on the grill, and makes an elegant, surprising dessert—especially when drizzled with a simple-to-make caramel sauce. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 4 Apr. 2022 Alongside the Samoa’s creamy caramel-chocolate-coconut delectability, Illustrator preformed a neat trick of both complementing the cookie with its sweetness, while contrasting with that tobacco wrinkle and the dry finish. Josh Noel,, 23 Mar. 2022 This caramel-hued knitted throw introduces an understated desert color. Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Feb. 2022 But two decades ago, when that wasn’t the case, chocolatier Fran Bigelow introduced her sea salt caramel chocolates at her eponymous shop in Seattle. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 3 Feb. 2022 Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and let the beer reduce until the consistency is like a soft caramel, about 45 minutes. CNN, 8 May 2022 Here’s how to make ginger wine: My only chef-y advice is to have all your ingredients measured and prepped in advance, as the recipe moves quickly after the caramel is ready. Bon Appétit, 3 Mar. 2022 Real Barbecue, a great banana pudding has pure flavors like ripe banana and a rich brown caramel. Abigail Abesamis Demarest, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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26 May 2022

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“Caramel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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