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ginger

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noun gin·ger \ˈjin-jər\

Definition of ginger

  1. 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. 2 :  pep the ginger to … work hard — Willa Cather

  3. 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

gingery

play \ˈjinj-rē, ˈjin-jə-\ adjective

Examples of ginger in a Sentence

  1. The recipe calls for a teaspoon of ginger.

  2. a 60-year-old with the ginger to consider skydiving lessons

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

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ginger

verb gin·ger

Definition of ginger

gingered

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gingering

play \ˈjinj-riŋ, ˈjin-jə-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make lively :  pep up ginger up the tourist trade — The New York Times

1849

First Known Use of ginger

1849



GINGER Defined for English Language Learners

ginger

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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

ginger

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noun gin·ger \ˈjin-jər\

Definition of ginger for Students

  1. :  a hot spice obtained from the root of a tropical plant and used especially to season foods


Medical Dictionary

ginger

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noun gin·ger \ˈjin-jər\

Medical Definition of ginger

  1. 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. 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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