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 Cameron will make the clam chowder her father made on Christmas Eve all during her childhood. oregonlive, "Who needs holiday traditions? All of us: Tom Hallman at large," 13 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Other menu items include crab cakes, mussels and New England clam chowder, which is Bonnie Shea’s mom’s recipe. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Collin County family opening third restaurant in downtown Plano, Urban Seafood," 29 Mar. 2021 Soup: 12 ounces homemade New England clam chowder, $6. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Fish fry guide: 2 more Fridays remaining in Lent," 26 Mar. 2021 Chunky potatoes, leeks, bacon, fresh herbs and a generous serving of clams make this chowder filling and flavorful, and using equal parts cream and milk in the base keeps it from being too rich. Abigail Abesamis Demarest, Forbes, "Professional Chefs Share Their Favorite Comforting Soup Recipes," 28 Feb. 2021 Soup: 12 ounces homemade New England clam chowder, $6. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "50 Greater Cleveland nonprofit fish fry events remain this Lenten season," 19 Mar. 2021 Boston baked beans, New England clam chowder, Boston cream pie, lobster rolls, and Fenway Franks are some of the foods associated with the city. Travel + Leisure, "Boston Travel Guide," 1 Mar. 2021 Stir to combine, then divide the chowder between 6 bowls. Abigail Abesamis Demarest, Forbes, "Professional Chefs Share Their Favorite Comforting Soup Recipes," 28 Feb. 2021 The four-course takeout meal available for pickup Dec. 23-24 and 30-31 and Jan. 1 includes whole rack of bone-in filet ($300) or Kona crusted bone-in prime rib ($300), New England clam chowder, salad, sides and dessert. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "50-plus D-FW restaurants and grocers offering holiday takeout meals," 14 Dec. 2020 Mostly, James’s world was one of butter-and-marmalade sandwiches, clam chowder, and towering birthday cakes heaped with coconut and white frosting, reflecting his mother’s tastes and the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Madeline Leung Coleman, The Atlantic, "The ‘Great Man’ Theory of American Food," 29 Nov. 2020

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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 14 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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