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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Ashlee Simpson, recreating the time she was caught lip-syncing on Saturday Night Live in 2004. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reading the nutritional facts of a Heinz ketchup bottle. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "45 People I'd Rather See Perform at the Super Bowl Than Justin Timberlake," 4 Feb. 2018 Hold the ketchup, heck even the tartar sauce, for this one. Eric Velasco,, "How to make fish and chips for St. Patrick's Day," 16 Apr. 2017 As for the ketchup, beer and other grocery store stand-ins? Amanda Greene, Woman's Day, "How to Clean Your Jewelry at Home," 8 Mar. 2017 Rinse the pot, then rub on a small amount of ketchup topped with a sprinkling of salt, and buff in with a soft cloth. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Jam, jelly … what's the difference?," 11 July 2018 Keep toppings super simple with fan favorites like iceberg lettuce, cheese (Whitener’s go-to is white American), and maybe a tasty spread, like the classic mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "How to Cook a Hamburger Like a Chef," 26 June 2018 Apart from open defiance, the second-best way to resist Chicagoans' pointless prohibition of ketchup on a hot dog is with mockery. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Chicagoland / Food & Drink / Food Chain Troll the Chicago hot dog fascists with this T-shirt," 25 June 2018 Sarah Gish The batter is light and crisp — not overcooked — and the salty rings beg for a sweet squiggle of ketchup from the red squirt bottle on the table. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Batter up: Here are 18 KC-area places to get perfect, golden-fried onion rings," 21 June 2018 Just one tablespoon of ketchup contains 4 grams of sugar (in the form of high fructose corn syrup). Anthea Levi,, "3 Crazy Easy Ways to Cut Back on Sugar," 7 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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