ketchup

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noun ketch·up \ˈke-chəp, ˈka-\
variants: or less commonly

\ˈke-chəp, ˈka-\ or

catsup

play \ˈke-chəp, ˈka-; ˈkat-səp\

Definition of ketchup

  1. :  a seasoned pureed condiment usually made from tomatoes

Examples of ketchup in a Sentence

  1. She put ketchup on her hamburger.

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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”



KETCHUP Defined for English Language Learners

ketchup

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Definition of ketchup for English Language Learners

  • : a thick sauce made with tomatoes


KETCHUP Defined for Kids

ketchup

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noun ketch·up \ˈke-chəp, ˈka-\
variants: also

catsup

\ˈke-chəp, ˈka-; ˈkat-səp\

Definition of ketchup for Students

  1. :  a thick seasoned sauce made from tomatoes


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