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

Wicked Maine Lobster, serving Maine lobster rolls, macaroni and cheese, clam bake, shrimp baskets and chowder. Roger Showley,, "Little Italy Food Hall opening Thursday," 5 July 2018 That's how Jacques Pepin uses it in this chowder, which is humble and satisfying and quick. Bonnie S. Benwick, Houston Chronicle, "Canned hominy equals kitchen harmony," 5 Feb. 2018 Among the rotating choices are lobster bisque, albondigas, pho, clam chowder, pasta fagioli, potato leek and more. Michele Parente,, "Barona, Pechanga and Viejas unveil expansions," 29 Apr. 2018 Corn chowder kept for more than 7 days without disposing. Angel Mendoza, azcentral, "Backed-up wastewater, old pill bottles: 4 restaurants on this week's inspections list," 23 May 2018 Nominate your favorite soups, stews, chowders, bisques in the nomination form below. Kaylee Remington,, "Have a favorite soup? Nominate it for Best Soup in Greater Cleveland contest," 6 Mar. 2018 The key to any fritter, chowder, salad or cracked conch recipe is to start with good quality meat. Claire Perez,, "Claire’s tip of the week: Where to purchase ground conch," 4 May 2018 Highlights include clam chowder, lump crabcake Benedict, and seared scallops. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.,135 W. Madison St., 312-940-3760, Christen A. Johnson,, "25 Mother's Day brunch spots to wine and dine mom," 30 Apr. 2018 The menu includes an extensive wine list in addition to seafood dishes ranging from the classic—clam chowder, clam pizza, and oysters—to the more experimental (think tuna belly conserva and cod cheeks). Leah Bhabha, Vogue, "The Best New York Restaurants for a Bathroom Selfie," 14 Apr. 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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