cayenne pepper


: a pungent condiment consisting of the ground dried fruits or seeds of hot peppers
: hot pepper
especially : any of several cultivated peppers of a variety (Capsicum annuum longum) with very long twisted pungent red fruits
: the fruit of a cayenne pepper

Examples of cayenne pepper in a Sentence

a dash of cayenne pepper
Recent Examples on the Web For a spicier chili, add chili powder, cayenne pepper, or diced jalapeños while cooking. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 13 Sep. 2023 Mix yogurt, 2 tablespoons chopped mint, ginger, coriander, cayenne pepper and sugar together to make a marinade. cleveland, 6 Sep. 2023 The paprika and cayenne pepper adds a nice spicy kick without coming close to inducing sweat beads on the brow. Michael Alberty, oregonlive, 3 Aug. 2023 Stir in zigzagging spices, among them cinnamon, cumin, coriander and Aleppo and cayenne peppers. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2023 Bon Appétit called the Portland original one of the 10 best doughnut shops in the country in 2010, the kind of place where one customer can get a simple blueberry cake doughnut while another can spring for devil’s food cake dusted with cayenne pepper and cinnamon sugar. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 11 July 2023 Add 1 to 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground allspice, ½ teaspoon ground cumin, and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper with the tomato sauce. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2023 Forgo the cayenne pepper for more sensitive tummies. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 24 July 2023 They’re soaked in buttermilk for at least three hours, then dredged in flour seasoned with what Fraser likes to call sausage seasoning: cumin, coriander, fennel seed, cayenne pepper and sugar. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 3 July 2023 See More

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Word History


by folk etymology from earlier cayan, ultimately modification of Tupi kɨʔɨ̃já, kɨʔɨ̃nʸá

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cayenne pepper was in 1756

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“Cayenne pepper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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