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 Experiment with single ground chiles in place of the mixed chili powder; ground coriander along with the cumin; or smoked paprika for smoky depth and an extra rich red color. cleveland, "Chili, the way you like it, is the easiest route to dinner," 1 July 2020 Try baking cod filets in the oven with a little olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need for the perfect taco night at home," 17 June 2020 Add 2 teaspoons paprika and ½ cup oil to pepper pulp and whisk to combine. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "Recipe: Poached Monkfish With Garlic Soup," 14 Apr. 2016 Skip the paprika and saffron and season with soy sauce or fish sauce. Jessica Battilana,, "Repertoire: Paella Fried Rice," 19 May 2020 Eat the rest of the bay leaves in your pantry, and also the paprika. Ethan Kuperberg, The New Yorker, "Quarantine Stew," 4 May 2020 Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally; Add the paprika, cumin, chili powder salt. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "5 Easter Brunch Recipes You Can Make In 30 Minutes Or Less," 10 Apr. 2020 When onions begin to turn brown, stir in paprika (or cayenne). Tina Danze, Dallas News, "What to cook this week: 8 starter pantry cuisine recipes with easy variations," 6 Apr. 2020 Instead of artificial coloring, Kraft mac and cheese now gets its Day-Glo shade of yellow from a mix of paprika, turmeric, and annetto. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "How we stopped counting calories and learned to love Spindrift," 29 July 2019

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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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9 Jul 2020

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“Paprika.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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