Definition of ginger
1a (1) : a thickened pungent aromatic rhizome that is used as a spice and sometimes medicinally (2) : the spice usually prepared by drying and grinding gingerb : any of a genus (Zingiber of the family Zingiberaceae, the ginger family) of herbs with pungent aromatic rhizomes; especially : a widely cultivated tropical herb (Z. officinale) that supplies most commercial ginger — compare wild ginger
2 : pep the ginger to … work hard — Willa Cather
3a : a light reddish or reddish-brown color ginger hairb chiefly British, sometimes offensive : a person with red hair : redhead 1 The Breda Redhead Days festival—which grew out of a photo shoot by Dutch artist Bart Rouwenhorst—now attracts five or six thousand gingers from around the world. — Bruce Ingram
gingeryplay \ˈjinj-rē, ˈjin-jə-\ adjective
Examples of ginger in a Sentence
The recipe calls for a teaspoon of ginger.
a 60-year-old with the ginger to consider skydiving lessons
Recent Examples of ginger from the Web
Raw, berry-sized Thai eggplants are snappy, slightly bitter surprises in an earthy green short rib curry, with extra layers of flavor from ginger-like finger root and basil.
Signature menu items include a lobster and avocado salad, served with a miso-ginger dressing, and a strip steak.
Preparation Process shallot, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, jalapeño, coriander, cumin, ½ cup cilantro, and 1 Tbsp.
The vegetable is salted and then usually rubbed with chili powder, garlic, ginger and scallions.
Their line of cans range from a spicy ginger-beer and rum to a gin and tonic infused with crisp cucumber and grapefruit.
Their Tung Po pork belly arrives in the petite lidded pot it’s cooked in, kept warm over a candle that continues to thicken and caramelize the dark, ginger and soy sauce.
Water Grill, in the Gaslamp, serves two succulent jumbo Chesapeake blue crabs, pan sautéed with brown butter and ginger and served with a cool cucumber and watermelon salad.
While sugar was rationed during World War II, James Lee, Sr., would make a personal trip down to Mexico City to bring back enough sugar to make sure Buffalo Rock could continue making its ginger ale up to customer standards.
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Origin and Etymology of ginger
Middle English, alteration of Old English gingifer, from Medieval Latin gingiber, alteration of Latin zingiber, from Greek zingiberi, of Indo-Aryan origin; akin to Pali siṅgivēra ginger
Definition of ginger
gingeringplay \ˈjinj-riŋ, ˈjin-jə-\
: to make lively : pep up ginger up the tourist trade — The New York Times
First Known Use of ginger
GINGER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ginger for English Language Learners
: the strongly flavored root of a tropical plant that is used in cooking
: a spice made from ginger
: a light reddish or reddish-brown color
GINGER Defined for Kids
Definition of ginger for Students
: a hot spice obtained from the root of a tropical plant and used especially to season foods
Medical Definition of ginger
1a: a thickened pungent aromatic rhizome that is used as a spice and sometimes in medicineb: the spice usually prepared by drying and grinding ginger
2: any of a genus (Zingiber of the family Zingiberaceae, the ginger family) of herbs with pungent aromatic rhizomes; especially : a widely cultivated tropical herb (Z. officinale) that supplies most of the ginger of commerce
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