noun (1)
chow·​chow | \ ˈchau̇-ˌchau̇ How to pronounce chowchow (audio) \

Definition of chowchow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a Chinese preserve of ginger, fruits, and peels in heavy syrup
2 : a relish of chopped mixed pickles in mustard sauce

chow chow

noun (2), often capitalized both Cs
\ ˈchau̇-ˌchau̇ How to pronounce chow chow (audio) \

Definition of chow chow (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of a breed of heavy-coated sturdy muscular dogs of Chinese origin having a broad head and muzzle, a distinctive blue-black tongue and black-lined mouth, and either a long dense coat with a full ruff or a short smooth coat

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Noun (2)

In the meaning defined above

Examples of chowchow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Panzer’s pickles, sauerkraut and chowchow were brined in Fells Point. Jacques Kelly,, 3 Apr. 2021 Pinckney was at the dinner that night, trying to acknowledge and refute history over watermelon brandy, chowchow, shrimp pie, chapon chasseur, and truffled squab served with silver ewers of walnut ketchup. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of chowchow

Noun (1)

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chowchow

Noun (1)

Chinese Pidgin English chowchow food

Noun (2)

perhaps from chow-chow Chinese person, from Chinese Pidgin English chowchow food

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The first known use of chowchow was in 1850

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“Chowchow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chow chow

: a type of dog that has thick fur and a short curled tail


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