co·​coa | \ ˈkō-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce cocoa (audio) \

Definition of cocoa

1a : powdered ground roasted cacao beans from which a portion of the fat has been removed
b : a beverage prepared by heating cocoa with water or milk
3 : a medium brown color

Examples of cocoa in a Sentence

The recipe calls for three tablespoons of cocoa.
Recent Examples on the Web Dust the pan with cocoa powder and tap out the excess., "Recipe: This flourless dark chocolate victory cake may become your new best friend," 30 Mar. 2021 The use of cocoa powder keeps it in the healthy-ish range for breakfast snacks. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Baked Oats Are Our New Favorite Breakfast Food—They're Like a Warm, Fluffy, Single-Batch Muffin," 24 Mar. 2021 The hit network has already begun airing their iconic holiday films that are filled with iconic stars, lots of joy, and yes, plenty of hot cocoa and eggnog. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "How to Watch Hallmark Christmas Movies," 4 Nov. 2020 Add the chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla, orange zest, coconut oil, and 2 tablespoons of the aquafaba. Beth Segal, cleveland, "From Aquafaba to Za’atar: The Complete Chickpea," 11 Mar. 2021 My version is made with oatmeal, milk, banana, and some cocoa powder. Melissa Matthews, SELF, "Grocery Diaries: How an Avid Baker Who Loves Chocolate Manages Her Prediabetes," 2 Mar. 2021 For some, that means bundling up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and a holiday movie every night of December. Christy Piña, Woman's Day, "Can You Find the Nutcracker With a Missing Mustache?," 18 Dec. 2020 Set up chairs a socially-distant six feet apart, and have everyone bring mugs of hot cocoa and maybe a few homemade treats. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "10 ways to recreate your favorite holiday traditions when they've been canceled," 11 Dec. 2020 Nothing warms the spirits during the holiday season like a steaming cup of hot cocoa. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Alton Brown’s DIY Hot Cocoa Mix," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of cocoa

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cocoa

modification of Spanish cacao

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7 Apr 2021

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“Cocoa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cocoa

: a brown powder made from roasted cocoa beans that is used to give a chocolate flavor to foods
: a hot drink of milk or water mixed with cocoa


co·​coa | \ ˈkō-kō How to pronounce cocoa (audio) \

Kids Definition of cocoa

1 : a brown powder that is made from the roasted seeds ( cocoa beans ) of the cacao tree after some of its fat is removed and that is used to make chocolate
2 : a hot drink made from cocoa powder mixed with water or milk


co·​coa | \ ˈkō-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce cocoa (audio) \

Medical Definition of cocoa

2a : powdered ground roasted cacao beans from which a portion of the fat has been removed
b : a beverage prepared by heating powdered cocoa with water or milk

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