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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Unfortunately, some skeptics aren’t so sure about this new method of ketchup consumption. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Sliced Ketchup Is Here to Keep All Your Sandwiches Mess-Free and It's Already Polarizing," 23 Mar. 2018 Botiwalla’s lamb patties are seasoned with cumin, ginger, chiles, mint and cilantro, then topped with desi slaw, green chutney and Maggi ketchup. Neil Raman,, "Lamb burgers get energized at this Ponce City Market restaurant," 28 Jan. 2018 In Chicago, the beef hot dog has pickle spears, relish, peppers, and tomatoes (absolutely no ketchup, ever). Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 Fiorino bought one Wendy's Baconator, one large fry, one small Coke, one bottle of water, two small cups of ketchup and 12 sugar packets. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Fast Food Items Turned Into Fancy Dishes," 2 Nov. 2010 And while it can be done, making your own ketchup or vinegar is a major-league time drain that is likely to yield inferior results compared to say Heinz, a company that has been making the red stuff since 1876. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "10 good store-bought BBQ sauces and what to do with them," 4 June 2018 Tannin stains include teas, coffee, juice, berries, chocolate, red wine, popsicles and condiments like ketchup and mustard, anything that is rich in color. Talia Abbas, SELF, "9 Expert Tips for Removing Food Stains From Your Clothes," 28 Sep. 2018 There are jukeboxes and glass ketchup bottles, plus a blackboard with the daily special written in chalk. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Carnegie Deli Returns to New York City, With a Little Help from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 30 Nov. 2018 The investor was instrumental in the formation of Kraft Heinz, teaming up with Jorge Paulo Lemann's 3G Capital to buy ketchup maker H.J. Heinz in 2013 and merge it with Kraft Foods Group two years later. Katherine Chiglinsky And Craig Giammona, Houston Chronicle, "Buffett to retire from Kraft Heinz board as he cuts back travel," 23 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of ketchup

: a thick sauce made with tomatoes


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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