chow·​der | \ ˈchau̇-dər How to pronounce chowder (audio) \
chowdered; chowdering; chowders

Definition of chowder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make chowder of



Definition of chowder (Entry 2 of 2)

: a soup or stew of seafood (such as clams or fish) usually made with milk or tomatoes, salt pork, onions, and other vegetables (such as potatoes) also : a soup resembling chowder corn chowder

Examples of chowder in a Sentence

Noun a bowl of clam chowder
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Local favorite Guppy’s Good Times’ menu runs the gamut from Old Bay on a sushi roll to chowder with queso fresco. Emily Cappiello, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Oct. 2021 Cameron will make the clam chowder her father made on Christmas Eve all during her childhood. oregonlive, 13 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Milwaukee Bucks did a little more in Boston Sunday than just scarf down chowder and cream pie. Mike Hart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 May 2022 Park once and take the resort’s free shuttle or stroll to most of Pismo’s diversions and signature restaurants — Splash Café for clam chowder or Beachin’ Biscuits for hearty Southern-style breakfasts. Kathy A. Mcdonald, Variety, 25 Mar. 2022 Another popular dish, on the menu since Day One, is the chowder, in both the creamy New England style and the brothy Rhode Island style. Susan Dunne,, 7 Dec. 2021 Make ahead: The chowder can be made up to the point before adding the seafood, and refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 1 month. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 Clamzilla chowder, anyone? Jason Stricker was stunned at what his shovel turned up — a razor clam filling the palm of his hand. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 1 Apr. 2022 Other menu items include clam chowder, desserts (cakes and pies). Marc Bona, cleveland, 18 Mar. 2022 Some highlights include an agrarian historical tour going to two different types of nearby farms, making chowder with local produce, and a high tea on Saturday afternoon, a hat tip to Pérez Kennealy's culinary education in London. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 18 Jan. 2022 Ambrose has a final lunch with Lou at the Lam's restaurant, but there's more than clam chowder on the menu. Matt Cabral,, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of chowder


1732, in the meaning defined above


1751, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chowder


French chaudière kettle, contents of a kettle, from Late Latin caldaria — more at cauldron

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“Chowder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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chow·​der | \ ˈchau̇-dər How to pronounce chowder (audio) \

Kids Definition of chowder

: a soup or stew made of fish, clams, or a vegetable usually simmered in milk

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