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

Examples of caramel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The sun splashes us with caramel light and reviving warmth. Christopher Solomon, New York Times, "Exploring a Timeless Wilderness, Before the Drilling Begins," 13 Sep. 2019 The cake’s batter uses buttermilk for a bit of tang and goes easy on the sugar to provide some balance for the topping: a super sweet combination of velvety dates in a rich butter caramel. Tannaz Sassooni, sun-sentinel.com, "Persian Upside-Down Cake: A sweet tribute to a Rosh Hashanah tradition," 11 Sep. 2019 These droplets consist of two types of oil, one encased in the other, like caramel in chocolate. Wired, "Unusual Fluids Flip, Twirl, and Redefine How Liquids Work," 9 Sep. 2019 The Silvas’ caramel-brown Jersey cows, which produce a milk high in fat, cluster on the expanse of grassland bleached white-blond in late summer. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Young dairy farmers continue Marin-Sonoma ranching tradition, stick to organic milk," 8 Sep. 2019 In a series of exclusive images, Williams poses in a caramel suede midi dress, a neon slip, Prince of Wales check suit, and a multicolored sequin jumpsuit. Vogue, "Get an Exclusive Sneak Peek of Serena Williams’s Fall Collection," 6 Sep. 2019 Add nuts and pretzels; stir until caramel begins to cool and thicken slightly, about 1 minute. Tara Bench, Country Living, "Boarded-Up Window Caramel Nut Tart," 6 Sep. 2019 Vienna lager is often described as soft or elegant and some have caramel sweetness. Jay R. Brooks, The Mercury News, "Beer trend alert: The resurgence of Mexican lager," 6 Sep. 2019 Top with the whipped cream and drizzle the strawberry and caramel sauces over. Daniela Galarza, The Denver Post, "This stunning dessert is everything you love about banana splits, but in pie form," 4 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'caramel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about caramel

Statistics for caramel

Last Updated

21 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for caramel

The first known use of caramel was in 1702

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for caramel

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on caramel

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with caramel

Spanish Central: Translation of caramel

Nglish: Translation of caramel for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of caramel for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about caramel

Comments on caramel

What made you want to look up caramel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

transposition of initial sounds of words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Word Puzzles

  • alt 57589b2b4c6a3
  • Which answer pairs best with each of the following words? living, estate, club, music, road, mile
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!