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
Recent Examples on the Web What to Eat One of the most interesting dishes on the menu is Manti, which are tiny handmade dumplings filled with ground meat, served with a spoonful of yogurt, and a sprinkle of paprika and red pepper., 13 May 2021 Make Seafood rub: in a small dish, mix 1 tablespoon sweet paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon each: thyme, freshly ground black pepper and cayenne, and 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 15 Mar. 2021 Season to taste with salt, pepper and smoked paprika or chipotle chile powder, if using. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Apr. 2021 Add the paprika and the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute., 23 Mar. 2021 Add the hot paprika or cayenne and stir carefully to mix without breaking up the potatoes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 23 Mar. 2021 Add ginger, a pinch of salt, Old Bay and paprika, and blend to incorporate into pepper paste. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2021 Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt and paprika to food processor and process until smooth. Star Tribune, 1 Apr. 2021 Season the flour with the paprika and the breadcrumbs with the remaining salt and pepper. Christine Byrne, Outside Online, 7 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of paprika was in 1830

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16 Jun 2021

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“Paprika.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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