caramel

noun car·a·mel \ ˈkär-məl ; ˈker-ə-məl , ˈka-rə- , -ˌmel \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of caramel

1 :an amorphous, brittle, brown, and somewhat bitter substance that is obtained by heating sugar and used as a coloring and flavoring agent
  • Caramel is an ingredient in many carbonated beverages.
2 :a firm chewy usually caramel-flavored candy
  • a bag of caramels

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Origin and Etymology of caramel

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


CARAMEL Defined for English Language Learners

caramel

noun

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

noun car·a·mel \ ˈkär-məl , ˈker-ə-məl \

Definition of caramel for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

caramel

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

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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