chocolate

noun
choc·​o·​late | \ ˈchä-k(ə-)lət How to pronounce chocolate (audio) , ˈchȯ- How to pronounce chocolate (audio) \

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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Another dessert, like frosted chocolate cake, would have required special ingredients and was viewed as too decadent for the clientele, Mr. O’Connor said. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Who Serves the Best Holiday Carrot Cake? Hint: It Has a Captive Audience," 25 Dec. 2018 Make time to get a figurative taste of royalty at Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ former summer residence, and get an actual taste of Sacher torte, a chocolate cake that's a local treat, at Hotel Sacher Vienna's Cafe Sacher. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Popular desserts include the Key lime pie and flourless chocolate cake. Donald Liebenson, chicagotribune.com, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Beelow's NorthShore in Highland Park," 11 July 2018 On our visit, a chocolate cake lined with red bean icing and a tres leches-like concoction were on the menu. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "First Bite: Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi's Sunday izakaya lunch," 9 July 2018 Expecting a gourmet dessert here might be pie in the sky, but prepackaged, out-of-a-refrigerator items, including an airy tiramisu and exceedingly rich chocolate cake, should keep determined sweet-seekers reasonably content. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Good pizza, pasta and more at Pie in the Sky," 27 June 2018 Pastry chef Marika Esteves-Smith creates sweets ($6 to $8) like tiramisu, cannoli Florentine, flourless chocolate cake, cheesecake and zeppole, or Italian doughnuts. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "River: An Italian-Inspired, Waterfront Restaurant With An Unrivaled View," 18 June 2018 Menu highlights include brisket ravioli, Chilean sea bass, chicken shank, pan seared salmon, an 8-ounce filet, and choice of New York cheesecake, chocolate cake or carrot cake for dessert. Celestina Blok, star-telegram, "Restaurant roundup: Bartaco in WestBend, Newk's up north and deals for Dad's day," 6 June 2018 One experiment found that subjects who were asked to memorise a long string of numbers were more likely than others to pick a chocolate cake over a fruit salad. The Economist, "As rich children slim down, poor ones are getting fatter," 31 May 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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chocolate

noun

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

chocolate

noun
choc·​o·​late | \ ˈchä-kə-lət How to pronounce chocolate (audio) , 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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Britannica English: Translation of chocolate for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about chocolate

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