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.
Recent Examples on the Web With the ketchup contest, one grand prize winner will get $1,869 for 57 future takeout orders and 50 other artists will win $57 for takeout meal. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "National French Fry Day 2020: Get free fries at McDonald's and deals at Burger King, KFC, Checkers on Monday," 13 July 2020 Days ago, Heinz, the biggest ketchup producer in the country, pledged a 25% increase in production in order to meet demand. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Supply chain problems hit cars and ... ketchup packets," 9 Apr. 2021 No, Bay Area restaurants are not running out of ketchup. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: Destination Bakersfield," 8 Apr. 2021 No, Bay Area restaurants are not running out of ketchup. Taylor Kate Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: Wine Country mayor accused of sexual assaults," 8 Apr. 2021 With more people cooking at home, retail sales of ketchup were up 15%, according to Euromonitor. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Restaurants are facing a nationwide ketchup shortage due to COVID-19 pandemic," 6 Apr. 2021 Picama's hot sauce, the most popular in Guatemala, is made with medium heat serrano peppers, with a thick, ketchup-like consistency—but Green Belly Hot Sauce, also made in Guatemala with habaneros instead, is a spicier local take. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hot Sauces from Around the World," 19 Mar. 2021 This annoying feature of ketchup inevitably raises the question of why food manufacturers have failed to address it. H. Joachim Schlichting, Scientific American, "Ketchup Is Not Just a Condiment: It Is Also a Non-Newtonian Fluid," 12 Mar. 2021 As economists often say, inflation is like a bottle of ketchup. James Berman, Forbes, "Rising Yields Sink “Safe” Bonds," 5 Mar. 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Ketchup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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