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 Smoked and then dunked in crab boil, the dark meat flakes apart and gushes flavor, with black pepper and a hint of cayenne. Ian Mcnulty,, "With boozy wings, turkey legs, stacked seafood, Nice Guys steps up as a Creole tavern," 22 Oct. 2020 Strawberry, cayenne and ghost pepper are engaged in a flavor battle here, and our taste buds are the losers. Mary Colurso |, al, "Spicy Ghost Pepper doughnut: Sweet treat or hot mess?," 22 Oct. 2020 Stir in the Ginger-Garlic Paste, paprika, cayenne, garam masala and cumin. Dallas News, "Celebrate World Butter Chicken Day with everyone’s favorite Indian dish," 19 Oct. 2020 Turmeric, coriander and cayenne enliven the fried bread. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Cozy up to these 9 fall-friendly brunch recipes," 17 Oct. 2020 The Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut is a yeast doughnut ring, glazed with a strawberry flavored icing and topped with a blend of cayenne, ghost pepper and red sanding sugar. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "Dunkin' debuts new Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut for Halloween," 14 Oct. 2020 Whisk together sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt in a second bowl. Torie Cox, Country Living, "White Chocolate Peppermint Patties," 11 Oct. 2020 Add the garlic, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "3 key strategies for making weeknight meals stress-free and tasty," 23 Sep. 2020 Try some cayenne or chile powder, too, or chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "What to do with all the fresh corn popping up right now," 10 Sep. 2020

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1773, in the meaning defined above

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26 Oct 2020

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“Cayenne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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