pep·​per·​corn | \ ˈpe-pər-ˌkȯrn How to pronounce peppercorn (audio) \

Definition of peppercorn

: a dried berry of the black pepper

Examples of peppercorn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just a pinch of this powder contributes depth of flavor and a tongue-tingling spice from the Szechuan peppercorn. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 10 Aug. 2021 Another favorite to belly up to is the black-peppercorn sausage. Jeanette Settembre, Fox News, 26 May 2021 Atkin’s popular scrub smells like a combination of champagne, lychee, berry and pink peppercorn. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, 9 Apr. 2021 On tap is Tantrum, a fresh but spicy scent that combines green and black peppercorn with vetiver and bergamot. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 2 Mar. 2021 Use black peppercorn to season steaks, gravies, or to top any dish that could use a punch of spice. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Feb. 2021 Garlic and kimchi cheese fries and togarashi fries with Szechuan peppercorn will also be available for sides. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 17 Sep. 2020 Spike preserved lemons with bay, peppercorns or saffron, which will add another layer of verve. Washington Post, 4 May 2020 When the garlic and ginger soften, add the gochujang, soy sauce, brown sugar and Sichuan peppercorns, if using. cleveland, 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of peppercorn

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Peppercorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of peppercorn

: a dried berry from an Indian plant that is ground to make pepper


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