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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Dip half of each madeleine in chocolate, then sprinkle with lavender and let set. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "White Chocolate and Lavender Madeleines," 30 Apr. 2019 The event involved a red carpet, praise from Robert De Niro, and strawberries dipped in chocolate at an open-bar after-party. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, "The Times’ Dean Baquet Gets His Closeup in “The Fourth Estate”," 7 May 2018 Named after and evoking the flavor of Ohio's favorite candy, these pancakes are topped with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and doused in chocolate and Reese's Peanut Butter sauces. Joey Morona,, "From Boston Market's prime rib to Piada's seasonal menu: What's new in fast-food," 25 Apr. 2018 If desired, dip half of each cookie in melted chocolate and let set. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Green Tea Cookies," 15 Feb. 2019 Once cool, dip half of each cookie in melted chocolate and let set. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Mocha Men and Star Cookies," 30 Nov. 2018 As for the menu, Croft Alley put together a decadent lunch with fresh burrata, farm house chicken, passion fruit panna cotta, and triple chocolate cookies. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Just 21 Awesome Photos of Issa Rae, Chrissy Metz, and More at Glamour x Tory Burch's Emmy Lunch," 16 Sep. 2018 Put melted chocolate in bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, and let cool until warm (about 100 degrees). Amy Dewall Dadmun, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Revolving door' of summer visitors calls for special food," 19 May 2018 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

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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 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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