cinnamon

noun, often attributive
cin·​na·​mon | \ ˈsi-nə-mən How to pronounce cinnamon (audio) \

Definition of cinnamon

1a : the aromatic, dried bark of any of several tropical trees (genus Cinnamomum) yielding a culinary spice, oil, and flavoring especially : a small roll or quill of cinnamon bark
b : the tan to dark brown spice that is prepared from cinnamon bark by powdering and has a somewhat sweet and spicy taste

Note: Ceylon cinnamon comes from a tree (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) of Sri Lanka and southern India and is usually considered to be true cinnamon. Chinese cinnamon, Indonesian cinnamon, and Saigon cinnamon come from several related trees and typically comprise most of the less expensive cinnamon spice sold in stores. This spice, also known as cassia, tends to have a stronger, spicier character than true cinnamon.

c : a tree that yields cinnamon
2 : a light yellowish brown

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Other Words from cinnamon

cinnamony \ ˈsi-​nə-​mə-​nē How to pronounce cinnamony (audio) \ adjective

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Cinnamon is a spice produced from a bushy evergreen tree of the laurel family. The tree is native to Sri Lanka, India, and Burma and cultivated in South America and the West Indies for the spice, which is prepared from its dried inner bark. The light-brown spice has a delicately fragrant aroma and warm, sweet flavor. It was once more valuable than gold. The oil is distilled from bark fragments for use in food, liqueur, drugs, and perfume.

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Make cookies: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Carrot Cookie Cake," 7 Mar. 2019 The drink will come in two flavors, caramel and cinnamon, and can be ordered hot or cold. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Just Dropped a Starbucks Drink and Coffee-Lovers are Obsessed," 5 Mar. 2019 Add cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, salt and 2 1/2 cups water. David Tanis, The Seattle Times, "A humble feast begins with lentils," 7 Jan. 2019 One recent offering, the Pineapple Arrack, consisted of coconut palm liquor from Sri Lanka, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and an infusion of pineapple skin. Robyn Eckhardt, WSJ, "Two Strategic Days in Singapore: Where to Splurge, Where to Save," 4 Jan. 2019 And apples, crisp leaves, cozy sweaters, and cinnamon, too. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "7 Fall Candles Under $60," 16 Nov. 2018 Warming aromatics, including cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon, are included to aid digestion and improve peripheral circulation during the cooler months (think cold hands and feet). Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the Eckhaus Latta–Approved Herbalist With a Prescription for Balanced Skin and Less Stress," 4 Jan. 2019 Beat cream cheese, sour cream, heavy cream, molasses, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and remaining 3/4 cup sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Kate Merker And Talyor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Cheesecake With Pecan-Graham Crust," 7 Dec. 2018 In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chai Tree and Snowflake Cookies," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of cinnamon

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cinnamon

Middle English cynamone, from Anglo-French, from Latin cinnamomum, cinnamon, from Greek kinnamōmon, kinnamon, of non-Indo-European origin; akin to Hebrew qinnāmōn cinnamon

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cinnamon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cinnamon

: a sweet spice made from the bark of an Asian tree and used in cooking and baking

cinnamon

noun
cin·​na·​mon | \ ˈsi-nə-mən How to pronounce cinnamon (audio) \

Kids Definition of cinnamon

: a spice that is made from the fragrant bark of a tropical Asian tree and is used especially in cooking and baking

cinnamon

noun, often attributive
cin·​na·​mon | \ ˈsin-ə-mən How to pronounce cinnamon (audio) \

Medical Definition of cinnamon

1 : any of several Asian trees of the genus Cinnamomum
2a : the highly aromatic, dried bark of a cinnamon tree that yields a culinary spice, cinnamaldehyde, and cinnamon oil
b : an aromatic spice prepared from the dried inner bark of a cinnamon

Note: A typically mild and somewhat sweet, tan to light brown cinnamon comes from a tree (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) of Sri Lanka and southern India, and is usually considered to be true cinnamon. Cinnamon that comes from several related trees (such as the Chinese cinnamon) typically accounts for most of the less expensive cinnamon spice sold in stores. This spice, also known as cassia, tends to have a stronger, spicier character than true cinnamon

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