cay·​enne (ˌ)kī-ˈen How to pronounce cayenne (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web They're complimented by bolder flavors from ginger, green onion, and a hint of cayenne. Elaine Johnson, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Feb. 2023 Add the onion, serrano and jalapeño peppers, cumin, cayenne and salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion starts to soften and become translucent, about 5 minutes. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2023 Stir in the chili powder, oregano, cumin, and cayenne. Kate Krader, Fortune, 15 Jan. 2022 Stir in the tomato paste, coriander, cumin, and cayenne., 30 Mar. 2021 Certain herbs grow better during the cold winter months when there isn’t as much sunshine, and this kit includes several winter-friendly plants, including lemon basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, and cayenne. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 17 Jan. 2023 The regular lineup of two dozen bars includes combinations of caramel and milk chocolate; dark chocolate and espresso beans; and cinnamon, cayenne, cherries and dark chocolate. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Feb. 2023 In large bowl mix together the yogurt, chile, coriander, ginger, garlic, salt, cayenne, cumin and turmeric. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 25 Jan. 2023 Cajun Style seasoning is a blend of smoky cayenne and paprika used in Cajun cooking and the lemon grass, garlic and black peppercorn traditional to Vietnamese recipes. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 19 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cayenne was in 1773

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Cite this Entry

“Cayenne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


cay·​enne ˌkī-ˌen- How to pronounce cayenne (audio)
: the ground dried fruits and seeds of hot peppers used to add flavor to food

called also cayenne pepper

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Cay·​enne kī-ˈen How to pronounce Cayenne (audio)
city, port on an estuary on the Atlantic coast, and capital of French Guiana population 37,097

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