pep·​per·​corn ˈpe-pər-ˌkȯrn How to pronounce peppercorn (audio)
: a dried berry of the black pepper

Examples of peppercorn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Salt rounds out the flavor, peppercorns add a hint of spice, and lemon peel provides color and a citrusy boost. Ingredients for Pickled Strawberries Just eight ingredients are needed for this unexpected condiment that's surprisingly versatile. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 12 May 2024 In a 5- to 6-quart stainless-steel, enamel, or nonstick heavy pot, combine vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, celery seeds, peppercorns, and turmeric. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 May 2024 Hidden Sichuan has closed in Elk Grove, its lip-tingling peppercorns replaced by Licious Chinese Cuisine. Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 2 May 2024 At the opposite end — my end — is a martini variation of sake and shochu punctuated with dry vermouth, yuzu bitters and peppercorns. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2024 Hamachi crudo served with ponzu, basil wasabi cream and pink peppercorns. The Arizona Republic, 15 Feb. 2024 Meanwhile, in a molcajete or mortar and pestle, grind garlic and peppercorns into a smooth paste. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2024 Make the beurre blanc: To a small pot over medium heat, add the peppercorns, lemon, shallot, and white wine. David Guas, Saveur, 28 Mar. 2024 Add about 1 teaspoon peppercorns, the garlic, and herbs, and pour the cold water into the container and stir. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peppercorn was before the 12th century

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“Peppercorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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pep·​per·​corn ˈpep-ər-ˌkȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce peppercorn (audio)
: a dried berry of the black pepper
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