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.
Recent Examples on the Web According to TeleMadrid, chefs used more than 1,100 pounds of cocoa to make the necessary chocolate from scratch, even measuring their ingredients down to the millimeter. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Spanish Confectioners Create Life-Size Chocolate Replica of Picasso’s ‘Guernica’," 3 May 2021 Add the chocolate and crystallized ginger, then toss with your hands until evenly combined., "Recipes: Sweet brunch treats for Mother’s Day," 30 Apr. 2021 Broil for 2-3 minutes, until the Peeps are golden brown, then bake at 375 for maybe five more minutes to melt the chocolate. al, "Peepza: There are some decent Peeps recipes out there. This isn’t one of them.," 4 Apr. 2021 Warm the chocolate and cream, stirring occasionally, until half-melted, then remove from the pan and continue stirring until fully melted. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "An Easter feast as tribute to the best of spring," 1 Apr. 2021 The chocolate melted away quickly, Williams said later, but the student’s words stuck with them. Rebecca Lurye,, "To fight absenteeism, Hartford schools are getting more creative. Ice bucket challenges, Fear Factor and eating bugs help to make school more exciting.," 29 Mar. 2021 Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes, until the chocolate is just melted. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Do-ahead steps make a lavish homemade brunch easy," 24 Mar. 2021 One popular option is the Mexican chocolate pecan pie, which receives a lift from a dose of cinnamon. Soleil Ho,, "Where to get Thanksgiving pie in the Bay Area," 10 Nov. 2020 At the age of 9, he was famished and working as a porter at a train station when a man tipped him with a bar of chocolate. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘He has not bowed’: Jimmy Lai and Hong Kong's future," 19 Apr. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Chocolate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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 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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