condiment

noun

con·​di·​ment ˈkän-də-mənt How to pronounce condiment (audio)
: something used to enhance the flavor of food
especially : a pungent seasoning
condimental adjective

Example Sentences

the cafeteria's self-serve table has a full array of condiments
Recent Examples on the Web Pesto was already cited as the condiment for pasta on giorni di magro -- meat-free days imposed by the Catholic church -- in 1618. Julia Buckley, CNN, 28 Oct. 2022 One craft condiment company in Los Angeles had to alter its recipe for avocado salsa to adapt to the higher prices. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2022 That trusty, goopy red condiment that might enliven an otherwise bland and soggy onion ring? Rachel Khong, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Oct. 2022 Rae Kramer, the executive chef at the New York restaurant-cum-flower shop Il Fiorista, serves a burger with chamomile aioli and uses chamomile mustard as a condiment for speck. Hetty Lui Mckinnon Kyoko Hamada, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2022 Mustard is the third most popular condiment in France, behind salt and pepper, and the French are the No. 1 consumers in Europe of the spicy yellow paste, at approximately 2.2 pounds annually per person. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Oct. 2022 The chef’s social media pages, most of all her TikTok, have been filled with examples of uses for the bright-pink condiment, which partly gets its vibrant color from dragon fruit. Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2022 Daikon can also serve as a crunchy condiment, garnish, or filling in an array of recipes. Yejin Choi, Bon Appétit, 11 Aug. 2022 Salty, with a nicely acidic twang, the Clam-o-Naise proved to be a complex condiment that wouldn’t seem out of place in a smart bistro. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin condimentum, from condire to season

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of condiment was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near condiment

Cite this Entry

“Condiment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condiment. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

condiment

noun
con·​di·​ment ˈkän-də-mənt How to pronounce condiment (audio)
: something used to give food a good taste
especially : a tangy seasoning

Medical Definition

condiment

noun
con·​di·​ment ˈkän-də-mənt How to pronounce condiment (audio)
: something used to enhance the flavor of food
especially : a pungent seasoning
condimental adjective

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