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

Examples of cayenne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Turn down the heat once more, this time to medium-low, then add the spice girls: cinnamon, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 June 2024 Hot peppers, including chili and cayenne, are rich in capsaicin. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 1 June 2024 Stir together oil, cayenne, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder and 1 teaspoon of the salt in a small saucepan; cook over low until spices infuse the oil, 1 to 2 minutes. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 17 May 2024 But the sweetness of the honey and sugar is balanced by the bitterness of the cocoa, the heat of cayenne and, more than anything, the nuttiness of the farmers market-fresh squash. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for cayenne 

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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 17 Jul. 2024.

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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