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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The chain just added the new espresso drink in two flavors — caramel and cinnamon — to its permanent menu, and the cloud part of the name is no joke. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is Starbucks' New Cloud Macchiato Healthy? A Nutritionist Weighs In," 5 Mar. 2019 Garnish tart with white chocolate chantilly whipped to firm peaks, tonka bean caramel and crumbled graham crackers. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "How to make the best banana cream pie ever," 4 Dec. 2018 And, of course, a birthday isn’t complete without cake, so the incredible evening was finally topped off with a warm caramel fondant, adorned with a birthday candle especially for Suri. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Reportedly Flew Suri Cruise to Paris for Her 13th Birthday, and It Sounds Incredible," 26 Apr. 2019 What’s more impressive is that for all the gray menswear checks and rich caramel outerwear, the biggest color trends of Fall are far from neutral. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Will Blue Make You Psychic? Can Yellow Detox Your Mind? A Color Therapist Weighs in on Fall 2019’s Color Trends," 4 Apr. 2019 Meaningful accents like these are given space to breathe against thoughtful neutrals, like a caramel ottoman and a sisal rug. House Beautiful, "There's Pattern in Every Room of This Designer's Happy Home," 7 Mar. 2019 The result is a fluffy cloud-like topping that then gets drizzled with the sugary vanilla and caramel concoctions. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is Starbucks' New Cloud Macchiato Healthy? A Nutritionist Weighs In," 5 Mar. 2019 Go for deep caramel and keep the brightest hues far from your face, advises Paris colorist Christophe Robin. Jessica Prince Erlich, Harper's BAZAAR, "Secrets to Gorgeous Hair Color," 17 July 2015 Vanilla, salted caramel, lemon curd and intense dark chocolate are the flavors. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Dress Up Brown-Bag Dessert with Pot de Crème," 7 May 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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