ginger

noun
gin·​ger | \ ˈjin-jər How to pronounce ginger (audio) \

Definition of ginger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 ginger
b : 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 hair
b chiefly British, sometimes offensive : a person with red hair : redhead sense 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

ginger

verb
gingered; gingering\ ˈjinj-​riŋ How to pronounce ginger (audio) , ˈjin-​jə-​ \

Definition of ginger (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make lively : pep up ginger up the tourist tradeThe New York Times

Other Words from ginger

Noun

gingery \ ˈjinj-​rē How to pronounce ginger (audio) , ˈjin-​jə-​ \ adjective

Examples of ginger in a Sentence

Noun The recipe calls for a teaspoon of ginger. a 60-year-old with the ginger to consider skydiving lessons
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mixmaster Charles Griffin’s uses Pimm’s No. 1, lemonade, fruits and club soda, vs. the more familiar 7Up or ginger ale. Michael Klein, Philly.com, 19 July 2017 Slice banana bread diagonally and place on top of ginger crème anglaise. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, 4 July 2017 Their line of cans range from a spicy ginger-beer and rum to a gin and tonic infused with crisp cucumber and grapefruit. Hillary Eaton, Fortune, 17 June 2017 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. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, 15 June 2017 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. Jodi Mailander Farrell, miamiherald, 29 June 2017 Signature menu items include a lobster and avocado salad, served with a miso-ginger dressing, and a strip steak. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, 26 June 2017 Preparation Process shallot, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, jalapeño, coriander, cumin, ½ cup cilantro, and 1 Tbsp. Bon Appetit, 26 June 2017 The vegetable is salted and then usually rubbed with chili powder, garlic, ginger and scallions. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, 22 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Succulent taste of cherries on the attack, anise and ginger mid palate and a crackling acidic finish. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 Add the lemon juice, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger; beat on medium speed until smooth. Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2020 Heat oil in a wok or skillet and stir-fry garlic and ginger 20 seconds. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 27 Sep. 2021 Apricots lend themselves to ginger and almonds, but also to orange blossom water and tea. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, 18 Aug. 2021 My favorite dish to make was geung cho—pigs feet and ginger stew. Kaila Yu, Glamour, 26 May 2021 Lift chicken from marinade, 1 piece at a time, allowing excess marinade to drip back into bowl but leaving any garlic or ginger bits on chicken. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 17 May 2021 Finally, look back at your orange and ginger combos to experiment with using carrot juice in Asian-style marinades and stir-fry sauces. Laura Wheatman Hill, chicagotribune.com, 12 Mar. 2021 Whisk together milk, cream, eggs, egg yolks, granulated sugar, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger in a bowl; pour over bread. Mary Heffernen, Country Living, 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of ginger

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ginger

Noun

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ginger. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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ginger

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ginger

: 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

noun
gin·​ger | \ ˈjin-jər How to pronounce ginger (audio) \

Kids Definition of ginger

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

ginger

noun
gin·​ger | \ ˈjin-jər How to pronounce ginger (audio) \

Medical Definition of ginger

1a : a thickened pungent aromatic rhizome that is used as a spice and sometimes in medicine
b : 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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