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: Noun Fried and baked fish, shrimp, clam chowder, cheese pizza and eight sides. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "It's fried fish season! Here are 35+ Louisville places to get your fill during Lent 2020," 24 Feb. 2020 Fish sandwich, fish dinner, New England clam chowder, cheese pizza. Luann Gibbs,, "Grab a spork. 90+ fish fries to try in Cincinnati area," 20 Feb. 2020 On a winter tasting menu of otherwise artful dishes, the winter vegetable chowder stood out for its austerity. Soleil Ho,, "The most despair-inducing Bay Area dishes of 2019," 13 Jan. 2020 Assemble a wreath to be placed on a town building and enjoy traditional corn chowder., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 11 Nov. 2019 Jennifer Backman, previously head chef at Spicer Mansion in nearby Mystic, Conn., bestowed East Beach blond oysters paired with Keel vodka, corn chowder with Stonington scallops, and halibut and Hopkins Farm lamb. Anthony Flint,, "For an otherworldly splurge, beach polo at the Ocean House," 16 May 2018 My dad makes fantastic homemade chowder and this is easily as good, with a creamy broth that’s not thick. Stephanie Thurrott, NBC News, "I finally got an Instant Pot. Now I get why everyone loves it.," 26 Dec. 2019 Dear Miss Manners: A popular lunchtime meal is soup in a bread bowl: a small, round loaf of sourdough bread that has its center carved out and filled with soup, often clam chowder. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Politely eating a bread bowl," 20 Nov. 2019 At the ballroom, a buffet ($54, $22 for ages 4-12) is served noon-4 p.m. and boasts a variety of salads, cheeses and fruit in addition favorites such as cauliflower chowder, wood fired leg of lamb, herb roasted prime rib and savory sides. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Here are 28 restaurants for Christmas dinner in metro Phoenix," 6 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'chowder.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about chowder

Time Traveler for chowder

Time Traveler

The first known use of chowder was in 1732

See more words from the same year

Statistics for chowder

Cite this Entry

“Chowder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for chowder



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on chowder

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with chowder

Spanish Central: Translation of chowder

Nglish: Translation of chowder for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about chowder

Comments on chowder

What made you want to look up chowder? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of probity?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!