pa·​pri·​ka | \ pə-ˈprē-kə How to pronounce paprika (audio) , 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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Add the garlic, smoked paprika, cumin, and cayenne and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 40 seconds. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Three summer dips featuring red lentils," 22 June 2018 Add the garlic, paprika and tomato paste and cook until there is a sweet, cooked tomato aroma and the shells soften slightly, about 2 minutes. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Shrimp Bisque," 5 June 2018 Dollop with yogurt and sprinkle with paprika and parsley if desired. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Smoked Paprika Steak and Lentils with Spinach," 19 Dec. 2018 Spice up this traditional holiday side with paprika and nutmeg. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Spice-Roasted Carrots," 23 Oct. 2018 Combine cumin, coriander, paprika, 5 teaspoons salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper in a bowl. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Oven-Roasted Pulled Pork with Sweet-and-Spicy Sauce," 10 Aug. 2018 Add 1 tablespoon of the cayenne, the paprika, and the salt to the food processor. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Harissa and Honey Chicken Thighs," 6 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, honey, butter, paprika, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Ayesha Curry, Woman's Day, "Garlic Butter Salmon and Citrus Rice," 23 Oct. 2018 In a bowl, combine paprika, remaining Tbsp oil, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Mediterranean Chicken Bake," 20 Aug. 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 How to pronounce paprika (audio) \

Kids Definition of paprika

: a mild red spice made from dried peppers

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