caramel

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noun car·a·mel \ˈkär-məl; ˈker-ə-məl, ˈka-rə-, -ˌmel\

Definition of caramel

  1. 1 :  an amorphous (see amorphous 1a) brittle brown and somewhat bitter substance obtained by heating sugar and used as a coloring and flavoring agent <Caramel is an ingredient in many carbonated beverages.>

  2. 2 :  a firm chewy usually caramel-flavored candy <a bag of caramels>

Origin and Etymology of caramel

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


First Known Use: 1653


CARAMEL Defined for English Language Learners

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noun car·a·mel \ˈkär-məl; ˈker-ə-məl, ˈka-rə-, -ˌmel\

Definition of caramel for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

caramel

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noun car·a·mel \ˈkär-məl, ˈker-ə-məl\

Definition of caramel for Students

  1. 1 :  a firm chewy candy

  2. 2 :  burnt sugar used for coloring and flavoring


Medical Dictionary

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noun car·a·mel \ˈkar-ə-məl, -ˌmel; ˈkär-məl\

Medical Definition of caramel

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



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