cay·​enne | \ (ˌ)kī-ˈen How to pronounce cayenne (audio) , (ˌ)kā-; ˈkī-ˌen, ˈkā-\

Definition of cayenne

 (Entry 1 of 2)


geographical name
Cay·​enne | \ kī-ˈen How to pronounce Cayenne (audio) , kā-\

Definition of Cayenne (Entry 2 of 2)

city, port on an estuary on the Atlantic coast, and capital of French Guiana population 37,097

Examples of cayenne in a Sentence

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Taste and adjust the seasons with salt, pepper, and a dash of cayenne. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Summer sauce: This fish dish highlights the season’s tomato harvest," 24 July 2019 Sharma combines buttermilk, lime juice, serrano chiles, scallions, ginger, garlic, curry leaves, cayenne, coriander, cardamom and cumin and recommends marinating for at least four hours and up to eight. NBC News, "9 foolproof and delicious recipes for boneless, skinless chicken breasts," 30 June 2019 Add melted butter, Worcestershire, garam masala, cayenne, and pepper and gently knead with hands until well combined. America's Test Kitchen,, "Spice your turkey burgers up with some mango chutney," 18 June 2019 Soak up the sounds and sights of the souk, where piles of cumin and cayenne vie for space with brass lanterns and colorful ceramics. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet," 12 June 2019 Whispering of cayenne and spunky with pickle juice, the yellow centers are also smooth as silk after a push through a chinois. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "La Betty in Mount Vernon Triangle gives its diners a family hug," 21 June 2019 Place the celery, mayonnaise, mustard, dill, cayenne, and a quarter teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Genevieve Ko,, "Jammy egg salad — a moist, more intensely eggy variation on the classic," 18 June 2019 Flavors rotate frequently, with more unusual selections like Mexicali (chocolate-based with cinnamon, cayenne and spearmint). blueberry honey lavender and lemon poppy joining classics like mint chip, pistachio and butter pecan. Leeanne Griffin,, "A flight of ice cream? Yes, because The Scoop knows sometimes you just can’t decide," 7 June 2019 Hogs, unseasoned, start skin-side down, getting a spice mix including brown sugar, cayenne, and paprika when flipped midway during the 12–15 hour cook time. Eric Velasco,, "Meet the crew who makes Birmingham’s barbecue," 3 June 2019

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1773, in the meaning defined above

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