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

Other Words from cinnamon

cinnamony \ ˈsi-​nə-​mə-​nē How to pronounce cinnamon (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.

Examples of cinnamon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With its juicy red fruit (cherry, cranberry, even pomegranate) and warm spices (cloves, sometimes cinnamon), California Grenache can showcase (and tame) all the herbs and spices, fruit and root veggies Thanksgiving dinner can throw at it. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 22 Nov. 2021 The base is a spring mix, with cheddar cheese shreds, apple cinnamon chips and pecans mixed in to up the flavor. Dave Quinn,, 22 Nov. 2021 There are silky slices of pears, and just enough cinnamon. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Nov. 2021 In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon, and set aside. John-john Williams Iv,, 18 Nov. 2021 Three young men died from carbon monoxide poisoning in their travel trailer, while a 30-year-old woman died after reportedly drinking three-and-a-half fifths of Fireball cinnamon whiskey, according to the MLive story. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 18 Nov. 2021 Dessert choices are pistachio cake, pumpkin tiramisu or cinnamon apple crostata. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 18 Nov. 2021 In small bowl, mix together heavy cream, sugar, flour and cinnamon. Amy Drew Thompson,, 17 Nov. 2021 Kids Christmas movies are as key of an ingredient to holiday magic as cinnamon or eggnog. Glamour, 17 Nov. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cinnamon

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


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


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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