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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The stracciatella — a velvety base with shards of chocolate - went into my cone. Lauren Delgado,, "Take a break from steamy summer with cool, creamy gelato," 12 July 2018 The exhibition also includes figurative watercolor drawings inspired by Lee’s dreams, feminamorphic tree sculptures in clay, a rifle made of chocolate and an 82-foot long horizontal drawing documenting Lee’s walk along the DMZ. Sharon Mizota,, "Review: At the Korean DMZ, reunification through one artist's strange lens," 7 July 2018 Then comes what looks like a miniature coconut of chocolate that is filled with coconut and pineapple mousse, creating a whimsical but fully integrated finale. Michael Bauer,, "Atelier Crenn: SF’s newest 4-star restaurant," 29 June 2018 Top a banana slice with a half square of chocolate, and add the marshmallow., "How to Make Better-for-You S'mores, According to a Nutritionist," 28 June 2018 Then the reception offered her a box of chocolates. Aryn Baker / Riyadh, Time, "We Took a Ride With Saudi Arabia's First Women Taxi Drivers," 25 June 2018 Sprinkle some crumbs into ice cream cakes instead of chocolate. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "17 Ways to Use Nilla Wafers in Almost Every Summer Dessert," 18 June 2018 Another candy-evoking selection, the Reese’s peanut butter pie, delivered plenty of sweetness beneath a thick layer of chocolate. Tim Smith,, "Food Market still draws crowds, delivers imaginative fare in Hampden," 31 May 2018 Enjoy games, rides, cooking demonstrations, and of course, plenty of chocolate. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brat Fest, Beer Tasting Train and more to do around Wisconsin," 20 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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