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 Sprinkle with bread crumbs, paprika and remaining 1 ounce Parmesan. People Staff,, 30 July 2022 The squash purée makes the texture of this vegan dip super-silky, and its natural sweetness complements the smoky paprika and cumin beautifully. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 This nutritious and hearty soup has a satisfying flavor courtesy of smoked paprika and tomato. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Dec. 2021 The deep red oil hummed with paprika more than chile, and my lips and sweat glands remained undisturbed. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2022 Tender octopus, smoky with Spanish paprika, atop the best kind of potato foam, dense and creamy, was presented on a slab of tree trunk. Shauna Lyon, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2021 The combo of brown sugar and smoked paprika add richness to salmon and other rich fish — try with arctic char, too! Becca Miller, Good Housekeeping, 30 June 2022 In the Bulgarian beef kebab, the meat is grounded and mixed with Aleppo pepper, cumin and paprika. Sylvie Bigar, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Add prepared mustard, celery salt, mayonnaise, salt, pepper and paprika. Washington Post, 23 June 2021 See More

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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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“Paprika.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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