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
On June 5, stop by for the Dr. Cudmore burger ($5), a double cheeseburger built on Texas toast with tomato, lettuce and ketchup.
Nearly everything is served with generous sides of a seemingly-endless supply of Maggi ketchup, washed-ashore from an Indian tanker in the late sixties.
Yet as investors ponder a potential acquisition, there's a more pertinent question that's worth asking: Why would Kraft Heinz, the renowned maker of ketchup and cheese, want to buy Colgate?
Some of our favorites: mustard, homemade ketchup, or even homemade ranch.
Or if they’re smothered with onions or slathered with ketchup.
Flattened out to between three and six inches in diameter, the $10 pork tenderloin is served up on a bun with lettuce, tomato and onion, while fans vary their condiment choices among mustard, mayo, ketchup or plain.
Who among us can deny the satisfying whoosh of ketchup coming clean out of a bottle?
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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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