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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The waiter was trying to convince us to get the chocolate mousse for dessert when my phone rang. Laila Lalami, latimes.com, "Who gets to be an American? Laila Lalami explores in California thriller," 3 July 2019 Be sure to ask for the terruño, the outpost’s secret Mezcal and chocolate pairing menu. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Colonia Juárez, Mexico City’s Hottest Neighborhood," 3 July 2019 The chocolate mixture is essentially a simple pudding (albeit somewhat thinner than a typical pudding) that is poured into pop molds. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, "These 100-calorie chocolate pudding pops will take you back to childhood," 3 July 2019 Here is a sampling from a dozen shops across the country where tubs of vanilla and chocolate stand side by side with those of orange blossom, soursop, labneh, chikoo, li hing mui and ginataang mango malunggay. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Celebrating America, Scoop by Frosty Scoop," 2 July 2019 The market also offers gourmet snacks and chocolates. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 Ask the clerk to line your waffle cone with warm chocolate that flows from a curved tap. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Cake Bake Shop is finally open in Carmel, and it fulfills every sweet dream," 1 July 2019 Kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée on July 4, and can choose from a variety of entrées from the Kids Menu, including their choice of a side dish and juice, milk or chocolate milk. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "16 free and cheap things to do around Denver in July," 1 July 2019 The massive loop of a churro — choose from ube coconut, s’mores, chocolate almond and more — sits on a mound of cool vanilla soft serve. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "7 new OMG-good extreme ice cream shops in the Bay Area," 1 July 2019

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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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