red pepper


: a mature red capsicum fruit (such as a sweet pepper or hot pepper)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In a medium bowl, mix the olives, capers, olive oil, dill, parsley, lemon juice and crushed red pepper flakes, if using, until combined. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2023 Ask any Korean what their favorite street food is and, most likely, at the top of the list will be tteokbokki — the pillowy soft rice cakes doused in a sticky red pepper sauce. Youyoung Lee, NBC News, 3 Mar. 2023 The entree rocks with the help of a red pepper cream sauce and crunch from breadcrumbs and crushed hazelnuts seasoned with paprika and saffron. Washington Post, 18 May 2022 Top with red pepper flakes and green onions and serve with the hoisin on the side. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 Stir in the greens, vinegar, rosemary, salt and red pepper flakes, re-cover, and cook until the peas and greens are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2022 Add lemons, onion, celery, salt, garlic and red pepper flakes. Mackensy Lunsford, USA TODAY, 11 June 2022 Combine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes, sugar, mustard, garlic salt and cayenne. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2023 He’s got one shaker of red pepper flakes and a burgeoning collection of to-go pizza boxes. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 31 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of red pepper was in 1559

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Cite this Entry

“Red pepper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

red pepper

: a mature red sweet pepper or hot pepper
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