ketch·up | \ ˈke-chəp , ˈka- \
variants: or less commonly \ˈke-chəp, ˈka- \ or catsup \ˈke-chəp, 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.

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The new Canadian tariffs, which took effect at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, are hitting a long list of U.S. consumer goods, including ketchup and other Kraft Heinz products. Paul Wiseman, Anchorage Daily News, "Canada tariffs on US goods from ketchup to lawn mowers begin," 1 July 2018 On the other side of the spectrum is the dry, overcooked burger, accompanied by dry bread, a saliva-vacuuming experience in which ketchup and mustard are expected to carry entirely too much weight. Dan Nosowitz, GQ, "Skip the Burger, Eat the Patty Melt," 28 June 2018 Use a damp cloth to wipe the ketchup and salt mixture off your item and use another clean cloth to dry your item. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Copper and Make It Shine Like New Again," 4 May 2018 This summer, the Observer conducted an analysis of the lowest prices of five staple items – a dozen large eggs, a gallon of skim milk, a loaf of white bread, ketchup and 1 pound of lean ground beef – at nine Charlotte grocery stores. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Prices fall when this grocer comes to town, new study finds," 10 Jan. 2018 Divide lettuce, tomatoes, and shrimp among sandwiches. Drizzle 1 tablespoon ketchup and a few dashes of hot sauce, if desired, over shrimp. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Fried-Shrimp Po'boys," 5 Jan. 2012 Brush with a thin layer of spicy ketchup (about 2 tablespoons) and roast 10 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spicy Ketchup-Glazed Meatloaf," 18 Apr. 2018 Filipino spaghetti looks like Italian ragù, but banana ketchup is mixed into the tomatoes and ground pork, along with little bouncy wedges of hot dogs. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Filipino Specialty Best Paired With a Brew in the East Village," 5 July 2018 The line includes two mustards (Deli Style Picnic Mustard and Spicy Brown Firecracker Mustard) and ketchup called Classic Boardwalk Coney Sauce. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Joey Chestnut debuts new condiment line," 2 July 2018

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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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tomato ketchup

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The first known use of ketchup was circa 1690

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English Language Learners Definition of ketchup

: a thick sauce made with tomatoes


ketch·up | \ ˈke-chəp , ˈka- \
variants: also catsup \ˈke-chəp, ˈka-; ˈkat-səp \

Kids Definition of ketchup

: a thick seasoned sauce made from tomatoes

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