pa·​pri·​ka | \pə-ˈprē-kə, pa-\

Definition of paprika 

: a usually mild red condiment consisting of the dried finely ground pods of various sweet peppers also : a sweet pepper used for making paprika

Examples of paprika in a Sentence

tomato sauce made with garlic, paprika, and pepper

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Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika and ⅓ cup cilantro leaves over stuffing. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Everyone’s Secret-Favorite Thanksgiving Dish," 8 Nov. 2018 Add hot paprika and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook 1 minute more. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Creamy Feta and Tomato Salad," 25 July 2018 Add ketchup, chicken or vegetable broth, paprika and kefir lime leaves. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breakfast in bed? These dads would rather be in the kitchen," 12 June 2018 Add coriander seeds, curry powder, curry paste, paprika and cumin. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "4 recipes from now-closed Terra in St. Helena," 11 June 2018 Chili powder, cumin and smoked paprika add more flavor. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018 In a wide bowl, combine panko, Parmesan, chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, tomato powder and ½ teaspoon salt. Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, "Why Cutlets Are What Everyone Wants for Dinner," 12 Apr. 2018 Mix in paprika, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Pretzel-Crusted "Fried" Chicken," 20 July 2012 The bright red Fire tortilla chips are said to have the flavors of jalapeño, chili peppers, and paprika. Olivia Harrison,, "Taco Bell Is Releasing Chips Inspired By Its Hot Sauces," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of paprika

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paprika

Hungarian, from Serbian & Croatian, from papar ground pepper, ultimately from Latin piper — more at pepper

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English Language Learners Definition of paprika

: a red powder that is made from sweet peppers and used as a spice for food


pa·​pri·​ka | \pə-ˈprē-kə \

Kids Definition of paprika

: a mild red spice made from dried peppers

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