choc·o·late | \ˈchä-k(ə-)lət, ˈchȯ- \

Definition of chocolate 

1 : a beverage made by mixing chocolate with water or milk The boy stirred the chocolate before drinking it.

2 : a food prepared from ground roasted cacao beans The cake recipe calls for four squares of chocolate.

3 : a small candy with a center (such as a fondant) and a chocolate coating gave her a box of chocolates

4 : a brownish gray The bird's plumage was a shade of chocolate.

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Other Words from chocolate

chocolate adjective

Examples of chocolate in a Sentence

The cake recipe calls for four squares of chocolate. She gave me a box of chocolates for my birthday.

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The One Who Cooks Gross Food That Stanks The roommate who randomly bakes chocolate chip cookies on Saturday afternoon = the best. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "The 10 Worst Roommates Everyone Lives With At Some Point," 10 July 2018 Once melted, transfer the chocolate to a tall glass, like a juice glass. Fox News, "Justin Warner is cooking with Post Dream Cereals," 30 June 2018 Jesenia sat there, a plate of chocolate chip cookies in front of her, getting crumbs all over her purple dress. Longreads, "La Otra," 26 June 2018 The chocolate and the maple syrup give you a little bit of sugar. NBC News, "What you should eat before a workout," 6 June 2018 Marlena Kukawa told the Times hot water will melt the chocolate off the road. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Tons of chocolate spilled onto Polish highway after a truck overturned. Now it's hardening," 9 May 2018 Melt the chocolate and scatter the rose petals, astro babes. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes March 26-April 1," 5 Apr. 2018 The retro truck carries vanilla, chocolate, and Scooptopia — vanilla ice cream with peanut butter, caramel and fudge. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retro UW-Madison delivery van hits road with myth-busting facts, Babcock ice cream," 13 July 2018 People with vestibular migraines can have specific triggers that bring on these symptoms, like changes in sleep patterns, menstruation, and foods like chocolate, ripened or aged cheese, and red wine, Johns Hopkins Medicine says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell if Vestibular Migraines Are Why You Get Dizzy So Often," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of chocolate

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chocolate

Spanish, from Nahuatl chocolātl, probably an alteration of eastern Nahuatl dialect chikolātl, from chikolli hook (probably used to refer to the beater used to mix chocolate with water) + ātl water, liquid

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The first known use of chocolate was in 1604

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English Language Learners Definition of chocolate

: a food that is made from cacao beans and that is eaten as candy or used as a flavoring ingredient in other sweet foods

: a candy made or covered with chocolate

: a dark brown color


choc·o·late | \ˈchä-kə-lət, ˈchä-klət, ˈchȯ-\

Kids Definition of chocolate

1 : a food prepared from ground roasted cacao beans

2 : a candy made or coated with chocolate

3 : a beverage of chocolate in water or milk … he ordered … a pot of coffee and another of chocolate.— Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain

Other Words from chocolate

chocolate adjective chocolate ice cream

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