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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The flesh was surprisingly mild, and the fish tasted mostly of the house seasoning mix of pepper, cayenne and garlic. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 25 Aug. 2021 In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cornmeal, garlic and onion powders, celery salt, black pepper, and cayenne until combined. Kelsey Barnard Clark, Robb Report, 23 Aug. 2021 Whisk in the black pepper, cayenne, pepper flakes, and sugar. Beth Segal, cleveland, 6 Aug. 2021 Toss in the sweet potatoes and sprinkle with the salt, pepper and cayenne. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 3 Mar. 2021 The cauliflower gets tossed in a quick marinade of olive oil, fresh lime juice, honey, tomato paste, chili powder, coriander, cumin and cayenne before roasting. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 10 Aug. 2021 In a small bowl, combine the cayenne, black pepper, salt, red pepper flakes, thyme, oregano, paprika, and bay leaves. Toni Tipton-martin, Robb Report, 30 June 2021 Low country hurricane popcorn with Old Bay, cayenne, benne seed, popped sorghum berries and nori. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 2 June 2021 The finishing touch is red with cayenne, chiles and paprika, and rounded out with cumin, coriander and a suggestion of sugar. Washington Post, 14 May 2021

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1773, in the meaning defined above

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“Cayenne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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