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 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,, "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 Things like ketchup and mud left a bit of residue, but after washing according to the care instructions (with Woolite and warm water), all was good. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "We Poured Basically Everything on These Suede Boots to See If They Are Really Stain Resistant," 15 May 2019 All of Hilltop Tavern’s sauces, except ketchup and mayonnaise, are made in-house. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Hilltop Tavern's chef always wanted to be part of the neighborhood. Mission accomplished.," 20 Feb. 2018 MorningStar Veggie Burger at Burger King Made with a Garden Veggie patty and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, ketchup, and mayo, no one will think this is a veggie burger. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "10 Fast-Food Options for Vegetarians," 17 Apr. 2019 Cook's note: To make a sauce similar to Shack Sauce, mix ½ cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, ¾ teaspoon ketchup, ½ teaspoon kosher dill pickling brine and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "The best recipes of 2017 that wowed us over and over," 7 Jan. 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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