ketch·​up | \ ˈke-chəp, ˈka- \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈke-​chəp , ˈka-​ \ or catsup \ ˈke-​chəp , ˈka-​ ; ˈkat-​səp \

Definition of ketchup

: a seasoned pureed condiment usually made from tomatoes

Examples of ketchup in a Sentence

She put ketchup on her hamburger.

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Green slime ketchup is an actual thing that exists. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "14 Outrageous Facts About Nickelodeon Slime," 10 Dec. 2018 Remember in the early 2000s when Heinz decided to make purple- and green-colored ketchup? Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "14 Outrageous Facts About Nickelodeon Slime," 10 Dec. 2018 That’s part of the reason foods like ketchup have rules, but others like mustard don’t. Candice Choi, The Seattle Times, "What’s yogurt? Industry wants greater liberty to use term," 25 Sep. 2018 Add the tomato mixture, shrimp and ketchup to the onion and lime juice. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Ecuadorian Shrimp Ceviche," 25 Apr. 2018 Trudeau is wading into a brewing U.S.-Canada ketchup war between Heinz and French’s. Rachel Van Dongen, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: One Republican senator has the power to defeat Trump's Supreme Court nominee," 2 July 2018 Authorities said the bruises came from Partin, who allegedly abused the girl between March 6 and March 8 after the ketchup incident, FOX 19 reported. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "A 3-year-old girl dumped ketchup in a toilet. It led to her death, court documents say | Miami Herald," 16 Apr. 2018 To me, this was like walking into an all-you-can-eat buffet and only eating spoonfuls of ketchup. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The only game I play on my phone is Minesweeper," 27 Oct. 2018 With its combination of peppery bacon; tomato jam, the Rich Man’s ketchup; and cheddar, the Old Reliable of cheeses, the Ginsburg’s flavor profile is deeply comforting. Megan Burbank, The Seattle Times, "I biked 14 miles for a breakfast sandwich named after Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It was worth it.," 30 July 2018

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First Known Use of ketchup

circa 1690, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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"

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English Language Learners Definition of ketchup

: a thick sauce made with tomatoes


ketch·​up | \ ˈke-chəp, ˈka-\
variants: also catsup \ ˈke-​chəp, ˈka-​; ˈkat-​səp \

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: a thick seasoned sauce made from tomatoes

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