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

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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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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14 Aug 2022

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“Ketchup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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