Definition of ketchup
: a seasoned pureed condiment usually made from tomatoes
Examples of ketchup in a sentence
She put ketchup on her hamburger.
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 1690
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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