chow·​der | \ˈchau̇-dər \
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


a bowl of clam chowder

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

No knuckle-draggers, no chowder; not even any annoying pop music blaring from Pylon speakers. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 Plump peel-and-eat shrimp dusted in Old Bay and a gluten-free crab cake bursting with sweet lumps of fresh meat were spot-on, as was a New England chowder that was creamy but not too thick. Craig Laban,, "Craig LaBan's first bite of the Delaware beaches | A dining guide," 15 June 2018 Although lobster rolls, clam chowder, and steakhouses still very much reign supreme, Boston has reached its culinary stride. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Best Restaurants in Boston," 16 July 2018 The menu has local specialties such as clam chowder and Georges Bank fish, and few unrecognizable ingredients. Sheryl Julian,, "How does a restaurant survive for decades? These 10 have a winning formula," 9 May 2018 Try the hearty seafood chowder ($6 or $9) or the tempura ($13-$17). Rosemary Mcclure,, "In Kauai, where to eat for cheap: 20 places to chow down for $20," 15 Apr. 2018 Please limit your nominations to traditional soups, stews or chowders. Kaylee Remington,, "What's the tastiest soup to eat in Greater Cleveland? Nominate your favorites," 4 Mar. 2018 Bring chowder to a simmer, thinning with more broth (or milk) if too thick. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2018 farmers markets in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin," 1 May 2018 Please limit your nominations to a traditional soup, stew, bisque or chowder. Yadi Rodriguez,, "Last call to nominate who makes the best soup in Greater Cleveland for contest," 7 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of chowder

: a thick soup or stew made of seafood or corn with potatoes and onions and milk or tomatoes


chow·​der | \ˈchau̇-dər \

Kids Definition of chowder

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

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