ketch·​up | \ ˈke-chəp How to pronounce ketchup (audio) , ˈka- How to pronounce ketchup (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈke-​chəp How to pronounce catchup (audio) , ˈka-​ \ or catsup \ ˈke-​chəp How to pronounce catsup (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Think of it as a ramped-up replacement for ketchup for fries or tater tots. oregonlive, "Bomb Sauce: A game-changing recipe that explodes with flavor," 4 Nov. 2019 The main problem was that the mole sauce tasted like cinnamon ketchup. Shauna Lyon, The New Yorker, "Jajaja Plantas Mexicana’s Millennial-Tinged Vegan Trickery," 7 Sep. 2019 The cooking proves simple enough — saute a mess of onions in a heavy skillet until golden, then season them with spicy, smoky chipotle chiles, fresh garlic, tangy Worcestershire sauce and sweet ketchup. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "Chipotle-flavored onions amplify anything they touch, from burgers to shrimp tostadas," 27 Aug. 2019 Damn some ppl like room temperature ketchup. ------. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Cardi B Doesn't Put Her Ketchup in the Fridge & Fans Are Disgusted," 9 Aug. 2019 They are sometimes covered with ketchup, the sugar content of which is higher than that of ice cream. WSJ, "Are Eggs Bad for You? Two Scientists Square Off," 13 Sep. 2018 Another condiment no-no, at least according to Mr. Dell and others: putting ketchup on a New York hot dog. Charles Passy, WSJ, "To the Chagrin of Politicians, New York Has Strict Food Rules," 18 Jan. 2020 The restaurants will also offer limited edition T-shirts, crowns, ketchup packets and pins inspired by the TV series, which kicks off its third season on July 4. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Burger King is selling an 'Upside Down Whopper' to honor 'Stranger Things'," 13 June 2019 Add Worcestershire, ketchup, mustard and flour and cook about 2 minutes. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "These pies are a handy way to start the new year," 2 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of ketchup was circa 1690

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11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ketchup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ketchup

: a thick sauce made with tomatoes


ketch·​up | \ ˈke-chəp How to pronounce ketchup (audio) , ˈka- \
variants: also catsup \ ˈke-​chəp , ˈka-​; ˈkat-​səp \

Kids Definition of ketchup

: a thick seasoned sauce made from tomatoes

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