car·​a·​way | \ ˈker-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce caraway (audio) , ˈka-rə- \

Definition of caraway

1 : a biennial usually white-flowered aromatic Old World herb (Carum carvi) of the carrot family
2 : the pungent fruit of the caraway used in seasoning and medicine

called also caraway seed

Examples of caraway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a tiny parochial schoolhouse off a country road in Latali, women in floor-length dresses toil away at grindstones as fragrant whiffs of wild caraway, coriander and garlic puff into the air. Melanie Hamilton, CNN, 16 Dec. 2021 Her latest: a classic sauerkraut made with white cabbage and caraway seed. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Oct. 2021 Once browned, remove the boar to a plate and add the onions, paprika, caraway and a pinch of salt. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, 13 July 2021 Substitute ground caraway or Za'atar for the chili powder and feta cheese for the Cheddar cheese. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 7 July 2021 In a small bowl, whisk together bacon fat with vinegar, season with salt, pepper and caraway seeds and set aside. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 June 2021 Meanwhile, toast caraway seeds in a small skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 June 2021 Among the favorites were rosemary, nutmeg, saffron, cinnamon, elderberry, turnip, angelica, poppy, lemon, thistle, sage, lavender, clary, aniseed, coriander, fennel and caraway. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Mar. 2021 Stir in the caraway and flour, then cook, stirring, until the flour begins to brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Christopher Kimball,, 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of caraway

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for caraway

Middle English, probably from Medieval Latin carvi, from Arabic karawyā, from Greek karon

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The first known use of caraway was in the 13th century

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“Caraway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of caraway

: the seeds of a plant related to the carrot that are used to flavor foods


car·​a·​way | \ ˈker-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce caraway (audio) \

Kids Definition of caraway

: the seeds of a white-flowered plant that are used to flavor foods


car·​a·​way | \ ˈkar-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce caraway (audio) \

Medical Definition of caraway

1 : a biennial usually white-flowered aromatic herb (Carum carvi) of the carrot family (Umbelliferae) with pungent fruits
2 : the fruit of caraway that is used in cookery and confectionery and is the source of caraway oil

called also caraway seed

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