hot pepper


: any of various small and usually thin-walled capsicum fruits of marked pungency
also : a plant (especially a variant or cultivar of Capsicum annuum and C. frutescens) bearing hot peppers

Examples of hot pepper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add the shallot, garlic cloves, olive oil, red wine vinegar, hot pepper sauce, tomato juice, salt, pepper and sugar to the food processor. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2024 Thornburg has always sought out spice, ordering El Jefe wings from Fire On The Mountain by choice and eating raw hot peppers straight from the garden. Lily O'Neill, The Denver Post, 27 June 2024 But the original Szechuan location has remained a busy favorite for spicy Sichuan-style dishes such as garlic chicken, spicy green beans, shrimp with hot ginger sauce and shredded beef shredded with hot peppers. Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 17 June 2024 At Hot Daisy, the offerings range from classic pepperoni, which can be ordered firefighter style with hot peppers, to an elote slice — a surprise favorite for a purist like me. Jill Cassidy, The Arizona Republic, 14 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for hot pepper 

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hot pepper was in 1945

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“Hot pepper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

hot pepper

: an often thin-walled and small pepper with a sharp or biting taste
: a pepper plant of the nightshade family that bears hot peppers
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