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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 The morning sun is already melting everything to chowder or dead fish and saltwater. Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2022 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
There's also chorizo clam chowder ($8) and the same Parillada Experience ($79 for two) as available at Butcher and Barrel. 2038 Madison Road, O'Bryonville, 513-321-0863, Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 22 Aug. 2023 Infuse a bit of summer’s sweetness into brothy chowders, saucy beans, or meaty braises, turning discard into sumptuous flavor. Melina Hammer, Bon Appétit, 20 July 2023 Other items include clam chowder ($8/$10), lobster bisque ($8/$10), lobster grilled cheese ($17), lobster tacos ($18), lobster tots ($18) and a lobster quesadilla ($18). Mrussell, oregonlive, 18 July 2023 Even the No Name restaurant, a stalwart eatery on the pier, served its last bowl of chowder in 2019 following years of financial hardships. Globe Staff,, 8 June 2023 There is an image of two men sitting on a bench next to a chowder shop, and two people standing on a cliff overlooking the winding beaches. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 14 Aug. 2023 Reheat in a 300 F oven until warm, enjoy chunks of cold salmon in a salad or use it to make salmon cakes or seafood chowder. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 14 June 2023 Some of the best of San Francisco's clam chowder bread bowls hail from Boudin Bakery in Fisherman's Wharf, which serves its creamy New England-style chowder in sourdough. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 2 June 2023 Lots of garlic, a good pinch of saffron, the perfume of orange zest and fennel give the hearty chowder a fragrant punch perfect for summer. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2023 See More

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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 21 Sep. 2023.

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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