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

transitive verb

: to make chowder of


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: 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
Most people want to know how Baker manages to eat without ending up with marinara sauce or clam chowder all over his face. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2023 It’s creamy, really close to clam chowder without the clams. Kara Baskin,, 10 Jan. 2023
An old-fashioned Nantucket clambake—replete with the essentials like steamers, mussels, clam chowder, lobster, corn on the cob, potatoes, butter, and broth—awaits at Sayle’s Seafood starting at $42 per person. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 July 2024 This traditional New England clambake includes two lobsters, steamers, fish chowder, potato, an egg, corn on the cob, and blueberry cake. Erinne Magee, Travel + Leisure, 2 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for chowder 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1732, in the meaning defined above


1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chowder was in 1732

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Cite this Entry

“Chowder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a soup or stew made of seafood with potatoes and onions and milk or tomatoes
also : a soup similar to chowder
corn chowder

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