verb (1)
cur·​ry | \ ˈkər-ē How to pronounce curry (audio) , ˈkə-rē \
curried; currying

Definition of curry

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to clean the coat of (an animal, such as a horse) with a currycomb
2 : to treat (tanned leather) especially by incorporating oil or grease
curry favor
[Middle English currayen favel to curry a chestnut horse] : to seek to gain favor by flattery or attention


cur·​ry | \ ˈkər-ē How to pronounce curry (audio) , ˈkə-rē \
variants: or less commonly currie
plural curries

Definition of curry (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a food, dish, or sauce in Indian cuisine seasoned with a mixture of pungent spices also : a food or dish seasoned with curry powder


verb (2)
curried; currying

Definition of curry (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

: to flavor or cook with curry powder or a curry sauce


biographical name
Cur·​ry | \ ˈkər-ē How to pronounce Curry (audio) , ˈkə-rē \

Definition of Curry (Entry 4 of 4)

John Steuart 1897–1946 American painter

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Examples of curry in a Sentence

Noun We had chicken curry for dinner. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of curry.

First Known Use of curry

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for curry

Verb (1)

Middle English currayen, from Anglo-French cunreier, correier to prepare, curry, from Vulgar Latin *conredare, from Latin com- + a base of Germanic origin; akin to Goth garaiths arrayed — more at ready


Tamil kaṟi (or a cognate word in a Dravidian language)

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The first known use of curry was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Curry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of curry

: a food, dish, or sauce in Indian cooking that is seasoned with a mixture of spices

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