ketch·up | \ ˈke-chəp , ˈka- \
variants: or less commonly \ˈke-chəp, ˈka- \ or catsup \ˈke-chəp, 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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Brush with a thin layer of spicy ketchup (about 2 tablespoons) and roast 10 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spicy Ketchup-Glazed Meatloaf," 18 Apr. 2018 Filipino spaghetti looks like Italian ragù, but banana ketchup is mixed into the tomatoes and ground pork, along with little bouncy wedges of hot dogs. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Filipino Specialty Best Paired With a Brew in the East Village," 5 July 2018 The line includes two mustards (Deli Style Picnic Mustard and Spicy Brown Firecracker Mustard) and ketchup called Classic Boardwalk Coney Sauce. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Joey Chestnut debuts new condiment line," 2 July 2018 On Monday, the company said the name change is restricted to IHOP’s flagship restaurant in Hollywood, Calif., where the caddies that normally contain pancake syrup will be filled with mustard and ketchup. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Some People Don’t Know What the P Means in IHOP, Let Alone the I, H and O," 11 June 2018 Her mouth injury appeared to be self-inflicted, and the razor blade looked almost brand new, too clean to have been mixed up in burger meat, onions and ketchup, according to Fontenot. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Razor blade in McDonald's burger sent her to the hospital — but she put it there, police say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 May 2018 Containers of napkins and flatware are set with a collection of sauces such as hot mustard and ketchup, acting as mini-dividers between parties. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wursthall in San Mateo at its best with beer & brat," 18 May 2018 But if adding ketchup seems unbearable, nan ru is available online and in well-stocked Asian markets, and can be used in the recipe instead. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Mastering Chinese-Style Ribs at Home," 9 July 2018 Kansas City — This sauce is characterized by its thick consistency and contrasting sweet and tangy flavors born from a blend of molasses, brown sugar, vinegar and ketchup. Kelly Vaughan,, "BBQ: A Summary Of Styles," 21 June 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 , ˈka- \
variants: also catsup \ˈke-chəp, ˈka-; ˈkat-səp \

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: a thick seasoned sauce made from tomatoes

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