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


a bowl of clam chowder

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Smoked fish can also be used in place of bacon — double-smoked salmon imitating bacon is a thing that exists in the world, or at least in markets these days — as in a carbonara pasta, quiche, corn chowder, sautéed greens, or over grits. Elisa Ludwig,, "Beyond bagels: The many uses for smoked fish," 24 Apr. 2018 Our clam chowder has been a staple on the menu since the mid- to late-’80s. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Beans & Barley's clam chowder is 'exquisite'," 23 Apr. 2018 Nominate your favorite soups, chowders, bisques in the quick form below. Yadi Rodriguez,, "In the mood for soup? Who makes the best in Greater Cleveland? (contest)," 5 Mar. 2018 Boston clam chowder, lobster rolls, pork sliders and the mashed potato bar ranked as favorites. Houston Chronicle, "MTSIR rewards success with Boston trip," 20 May 2018 Eat: Brine The menu at Brine consists of unique interpretations of top-notch meats and fresh seafood; take, for example, the clam chowder that switches bacon bits for soft slices of pork belly. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 Just as people think lobster rolls and clam chowder are iconically Boston, locals know that dinner on Hanover Street followed by a lazy walk through the North End are just as much a part of this city's culinary identity. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Best Restaurants in Boston," 16 July 2018 Where to Eat Nearby Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale 1301 Boston Post Road Casual, family-friendly seafood with lobster and clam rolls, chowder and other standard fare. Sarah Wesley Lemire,, "Five Connecticut Shoreline Destinations: All You Need To Know," 15 May 2018 The menu starts off with steamed lobster tails with New England clam chowder sauce followed by hickory grilled bison with red potato horseradish cake and wild huckleberry reduction. House Beautiful, "The Inaugural Ceremony: What to Expect from the Luncheon," 17 Jan. 2013

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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 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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