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 of ketchup from the Web
One of my indispensable ingredients, believe it or not, is ketchup, the base of this weirdly delicious stir-fry made special with smoked paprika.
This attitude is not exclusive to barbecue: New Yorkers scoff at the idea of bagels from the West Coast, Kentuckians quickly dismiss whiskey that’s made elsewhere, and Chicagoans get so angry when people put ketchup on hot dogs.
Combine buffalo, egg white, garlic, jalapeño, ketchup, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce and cayenne.
Expand your horizons past plain ketchup and yellow mustard.
No cheese, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, bacon, tomato or secret sauce to intrude.
The punched-up pink turtleneck clashes happily with the ketchup-and-mustard cardigan.
For example, a recipe for train fried rice includes ketchup, not exactly an ingredient one considers authentically Thai.
Chef Jen's topping 1 cup tomato sauce 1/2 cup brown sugar Dash of Worcestershire 2 tablespoons ketchupMix together all the ingredients.
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Origin and Etymology of 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”
First Known Use: circa 1690See Words from the same year
KETCHUP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ketchup for English Language Learners
: a thick sauce made with tomatoes
KETCHUP Defined for Kids
catsup\ˈke-chəp, ˈka-; ˈkat-səp\
Definition of ketchup for Students
: a thick seasoned sauce made from tomatoes
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