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 The company that's best known for its ketchup and other condiments made the announcement on July 1, kicking off National Ice Cream Month in the UK. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Ketchup-flavored ice cream? Heinz sells kits that turn savory sauces into frozen treats," 10 July 2020 Each kit also includes a full-sized bottle of either ketchup, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce or salad cream. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Ketchup-flavored ice cream? Heinz sells kits that turn savory sauces into frozen treats," 10 July 2020 Condiments of any kind, including mayonnaise, ketchup, salad dressing, mustard and relish. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Frisco Family Services seeking donations during community-wide food drive," 7 July 2020 Those looking for a step beyond fries with ketchup will be pleased with Freund’s Outlaw Fries, which is serving french fries topped with everything from bacon and cheese to mac and cheese. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "From crickets to turkey, here are Marion County Fair foods to not miss this year," 26 June 2019 Pass the ketchup, please. Replace up to 17 rolls of paper towels with just one of these cute llamas. Popular Science, "Essentials for a more eco-conscious kitchen," 11 Sep. 2019 No, there will not be community squeeze bottles of ketchup or glass jars, encrusted with oily fingerprints, of malt vinegar. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Old Monk and The Skellig reopen with ‘parklet’ seating and other updates," 11 June 2020 Its rows of corn dogs, some with tight swirls of mustard or looser swirls of ketchup, extend into infinity on a powder blue background. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "The Modern in Fort Worth offers an art show from the comfort of your car," 30 Apr. 2020 The personality trait indicated by the pic's title is evidenced by such behavior as her sitting on a couch and eating french fries dipped in ketchup that's been poured into her navel. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Lazy Susan': Film Review," 2 Apr. 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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1 Aug 2020

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“Ketchup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 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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