car·a·way | \ˈker-ə-ˌwā, 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

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Add garlic and caraway seeds; cook 30 seconds, stirring. Michael Symon, Good Housekeeping, "German Potato Salad," 19 May 2017 Toast caraway seeds in a small skillet on medium, about 2 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Steak and Rye Panzanella," 11 June 2018 Stir in caraway, if using, then raisins and currants. Elaine Johnson, Sunset, "Irish Soda Bread," 22 Jan. 2018 If there’s cumin, coriander, and caraway in a dish, the cumin is the most aggressive, so there will be less of it. Ori Menashe, Bon Appetit, "How a Cheap, Bent-Up Composition Notebook Helped Me Open a Restaurant," 18 May 2018 This seasoned salt has caraway, coriander, fenugreek, tellicherry, black pepper, garlic, chiles and sea salt. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spice savvy: These 7 trendy seasonings will add pizzazz to your cooking," 27 Feb. 2018 Herb Verte Aquavit has little presence on cocktail menus but this caraway-flavored spirit was made to pair with Nordic winter food., "10 ‘evergreen’ cocktails from Atlanta bars to spruce up winter drinking," 21 Jan. 2018 Transfer mixture into piecrust and sprinkle with caraway seeds. Country Living, "Pie Recipes," 4 Nov. 2010 Crushed caraway seeds are a fragrant replacement for coriander. Rick Nelson, charlotteobserver, "How to make shakshuka, the egg dish with the awesome name | Charlotte Observer," 20 Mar. 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of caraway

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


car·a·way | \ˈkar-ə-ˌwā \

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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