pa·​pri·​ka pə-ˈprē-kə How to pronounce paprika (audio)
: 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 This salad features a balance of flavors: the sweet meat of the octopus, the smoky paprika, the sour citrus and salty Castelvetrano olives. Mary G. Pepitone, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 This was the second time I was fooled by the SL staff into making a paprika mayo sauce. Paige Grandjean, Southern Living, 10 Dec. 2023 Add lemon juice, paprika, cinnamon, cumin seeds, crushed red pepper, ⅓ cup of the oil, grated garlic and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 28 Jan. 2024 Make egg mixture: Whisk together eggs, milk, hot sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and 1 tablespoon of the cilantro in a medium bowl. Julia Levy, Southern Living, 26 Jan. 2024 This recipe, which has over 120,000 likes on TikTok, amps it up with dijon mustard, lemon juice and zest, chili flakes, chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Bryce Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Jan. 2024 There are two types of paprika; Spanish pimenton and Hungarian paprika. Mary G. Pepitone, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 Prepare the tacos: Combine the cumin, paprika, salt, black pepper and cayenne in a small bowl. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 1 Jan. 2024 Sprinkle the onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne and paprika on top (do the paprika last for a beautiful color). Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paprika was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Paprika.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


pa·​pri·​ka pə-ˈprē-kə How to pronounce paprika (audio)
: a mild red spice consisting of the dried finely ground fruit of various cultivated sweet peppers

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