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 Spend an afternoon whipping up some delicious treats, like the fan-favorite chocolate chip cookies from DoubleTree by Hilton, which are sure to delight the people in your home. Tanner Saunders, Travel + Leisure, "Auntie Anne’s Is Selling At-home Pretzel-making Kits," 19 May 2020 The sweet dense base can be turned into dinner rolls, coffee cake or chocolate chip bundt cake. NBC News, "Best boxed cake mix for delicious cakes, according to an expert," 19 May 2020 On a table by Berr, an English-language arts campus coach, was a bouquet of roses and other flowers along with a chocolate chip bundt cake. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "40-car parade gives retiring Young Elementary teacher a honking farewell," 18 May 2020 Some folks have taken creative liberties with their pancake cereal by putting making blueberries or chocolate chip in the batter. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "New quarantine cooking trend alert: Get ready to dig into a bowl of pancake cereal," 16 May 2020 If the box of golden raisins runs dry, add chocolate chips instead and forget margarine, butter tastes way better. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Baking Welsh cakes connects me to home and my mom. Here's how our family makes them," 8 May 2020 At the DoubleTree hotel chain, that includes being handed a warm chocolate chip cookie at the front desk. Washington Post, "DoubleTree’s chocolate chip cookie recipe almost tastes like a vacation," 7 May 2020 Also a result of North Texan’s increased interest in baking is a lack of chocolate chips. Dallas News, "Here’s what’s low or out of stock at North Texas grocery stores," 26 Apr. 2020 Bags of 12 mini cookies in chocolate chip or oatmeal. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Restaurants are selling groceries during the coronavirus pandemic. Here's what's available.," 15 Apr. 2020

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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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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chocolate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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