Definition of ketchup
: a seasoned pureed condiment usually made from tomatoes
Examples of ketchup in a Sentence
She put ketchup on her hamburger.
Recent Examples of ketchup from the Web
Combine buffalo, egg white, garlic, jalapeño, ketchup, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce and cayenne.
Expand your horizons past plain ketchup and yellow mustard.
The punched-up pink turtleneck clashes happily with the ketchup-and-mustard cardigan.
For example, a recipe for train fried rice includes ketchup, not exactly an ingredient one considers authentically Thai.
Chef Jen's topping 1 cup tomato sauce 1/2 cup brown sugar Dash of Worcestershire 2 tablespoons ketchupMix together all the ingredients.
At some point, in a busy kitchen, the ketchup was added by mistake to the barbecue sauce (container) or vice versa.
Cheese[burger], fries, two tartars, two ketchups, please.
Another girl who put ketchup on all of her food, including pancakes, until age 6.
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Origin and Etymology of ketchup
borrowed, directly or via Malay kecap (phonetically kətʃap) “fish sauce,” from Southern Min (Chinese dialects of southeast Fujian) kôe-chiap (Xiamen), kê-chiap (Zhangzhou), from kôe, kê “salted or pickled fish or shellfish” + chiap “juice, sap”
First Known Use: circa 1690See Words from the same year
KETCHUP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ketchup for English Language Learners
: a thick sauce made with tomatoes
KETCHUP Defined for Kids
catsup\ˈke-chəp, ˈka-; ˈkat-səp\
Definition of ketchup for Students
: a thick seasoned sauce made from tomatoes
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