car·​a·​mel | \ ˈkär-məl ; ˈker-ə-məl , 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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Get your fill of caramel, toffee, coffee, suede, bone, and vanilla shades in these neutral makeup palettes. Allure, "The 10 Sexiest Nude Makeup Palettes," 26 Sep. 2018 The gelato shop serves some seriously decadent flavors, including chocolate Belgian brownie, salted caramel, and toasted pecan. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'A Gingerbread Romance' Was Filmed in the Most Romantic City," 16 Dec. 2018 Recently, Khloé had an icy blonde makeover ahead of the holiday season, brightening up her usual caramel tones. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Khloé Kardashian Just Dyed Her Hair Pink for the Holidays & You'll Want to Copy Her New Look," 16 Dec. 2018 The scent—a combo of light florals like jasmine, salted caramel, and pistachio—is probably the sexiest thing ever, and the butter provides a thick coating of hydrating moisturizers to leave my normally dry skin soft for hours on end. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "This Foot Cream Is Actually the Best Hand Cream of All Time," 12 Oct. 2018 It's also infused with notes of pistachio and salted caramel, so your skin will not only feel supple but smell delicious, too. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Sol de Janeiro Just Restocked Its Sold-Out Biggie Biggie Bum Bum Cream," 27 Sep. 2018 There are also less avant garde options like vanilla, chocolate, salted caramel, and pistachio. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Story Behind the Stretchy Ice Cream You’re About to See Everywhere," 20 July 2018 Desserts are righteous-yet-indulgent with The Chocolate Terrarium made with dairy-free chocolate mousse, peanut butter cream, chocolate cake, salted caramel and a cashew milk softer serve topped with berries. Sara Liss, miamiherald, "Can this vegan restaurant by a nightlife impresario make plant-based dining cool? | Miami Herald," 22 Mar. 2018 The region is renowned and revered for their aged Chardonnays and Savagnins that strategically use oxygen during winemaking to create rich notes of baked apples and salted caramel. Marissa A. Ross, Bon Appetit, "A Beginner’s Guide to Wine Faults and Flaws," 16 Jan. 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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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 , 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 , -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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