ketchup

noun
ketch·​up | \ ˈke-chəp How to pronounce ketchup (audio) , ˈka- How to pronounce ketchup (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈke-​chəp How to pronounce catchup (audio) , ˈka-​ \ or catsup \ ˈke-​chəp How to pronounce catsup (audio) , 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 council's hot dog etiquette states that ketchup should not be used on a hot dog for anyone over the age of 18. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Detroiters ate an awful lot of hot dogs last year. Here are the numbers," 2 July 2019 Those fritas are aggressively simple: a seasoned blend of chorizo and beef topped with shoestring potatoes (or potato sticks) and a slick of ketchup. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "SummerTimeOut: Behold the juicy Cuban hamburger at It’s a Cubano B in Pompano Beach," 25 June 2019 According to El Faro, an MS-13 member saw that the ketchup and other sauces were on Barrio 18’s side of the table and asked for someone to pass them down. Daniel Castro, Harper's magazine, "The Truce," 10 June 2019 Estes and Hovi dump bottle caps, water, beer, ketchup, and fast food on the floor until the entire stage is a mess. Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Performing Arts / Theater The best and rest of Rhinofest," 8 Feb. 2018 The special, limited edition burger will have all the same ingredients as the classic whopper — beef patty, sesame seed bun, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, and sliced onion. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Stranger Things-Themed 'Upside Down' Whoppers Are Coming to Burger King — But Only in 11 Cities," 13 June 2019 Heinz said one-third of its Instagram activity -- including mentions and tags -- is related to Sheeran and his love of the ketchup. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "Ed Sheeran thinks this ketchup is perfect," 5 June 2019 Sometimes the combos requested did get a little odd: a shake with a side of ranch, mushrooms and ketchup, apples and mustard, tilapia and cheese, for example. Frances Yue, USA TODAY, "Ranch with my milkshake: Uber Eats sheds light on weirdest delivery requests," 5 June 2019 There’s diversity in the reason the inspector fired Stop Sales. Dented or rusted 6-pound cans of ketchup. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Two-hundred rodent poops. Roaches in a microwave. Why these restaurants failed inspection," 4 June 2019

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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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ketchup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ketchup

: a thick sauce made with tomatoes

ketchup

noun
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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