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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Wilt worked with Kit Kat to create the custom ring box, which was 3D printed to look like the classic chocolate bar and magnetic to break apart and reveal a diamond ring inside. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Man slammed by internet for eating Kit Kat 'wrong' proposes to girlfriend with Kit Kat-shaped box," 9 July 2018 For example, chocolate bars, which largely come from Hershey in Pennsylvania, are on the list. Ian Austen, New York Times, "Trade War and Canadian Pride Mix in Retaliatory Tariffs Against U.S.," 30 June 2018 In 2016, a man wearing an animal costume and what appeared to be an explosive belt, but was actually chocolate bars, got into a standoff at the newsroom of Fox45. Ian Duncan,, "Fatal shooting of 5 at Capital Gazette marks rare attack on U.S. journalists," 29 June 2018 Kids having an ice cream party in Traci Schmidley’s homeschool class in Louisiana wholeheartedly approved of Blue Bell’s chocolate and vanilla flavor. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "‘There is no divide between us.’ Kids pitch new name for ‘Great Divide’ ice cream," 17 June 2018 For a romantic outing, opt for a small bottle of champagne paired with tea sandwiches, chocolate and strawberries ($79). Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "Where to buy pre-made picnics for summer in Chicago," 8 June 2018 Its distinctive taste, which Bourdain notes, stems from cinnamon, cloves, chocolate and other spices. Mallorie Sullivan,, "Anthony Bourdain's culinary curiosity took him to Ohio once. This is what he ate.," 8 June 2018 Two high school students were sickened and hospitalized after eating a chocolate bar allegedly laced with liquid marijuana Thursday, according to the School District of Palm Beach County. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Two girls hospitalized after eating liquid marijuana in chocolate at high school," 31 May 2018 And some of those vendors are partnering on special products including chocolate bars and cheese. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "A peek at new Whole Foods by UMKC, opening soon with taproom, seafood bar, cocktails | The Kansas City Star," 19 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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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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