sri·​ra·​cha sə-ˈrä-chə How to pronounce sriracha (audio)
 nonstandard  srə-
: a pungent sauce that is made from hot peppers pureed with usually garlic, sugar, salt, and vinegar and that is typically used as a condiment

Examples of sriracha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drizzle some more sriracha on top for an extra hit of spice that pairs perfectly with the fruity sweetness of the dish. Joy Cho, Good Housekeeping, 13 Jan. 2023 Serve with hoisin sauce for added flavor or some sriracha for a bit of spice. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Oct. 2022 Before the photos were done, there was one of Malcolm snuggled in a stroller holding a bottle of sriracha sauce. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 11 Nov. 2023 Got some sriracha, Tabasco, salsa macha, or chile crisp on hand? Megan Zhang, Saveur, 13 Sep. 2023 Homemade sriracha mixed with maple syrup creates a finger-licking glaze for crisp, salty bacon. Joy Cho, Good Housekeeping, 13 Jan. 2023 There's the classic sriracha, a hotter habanero sriracha, and even a super hot ghost pepper variety. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 25 June 2022 It’s stuffed with pepperoni and cheese and brushed with sriracha for an extra little kick. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2022 For more than a year, life for many sriracha lovers has been an excruciating lesson in bland. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 15 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Thai sriracha (Royal Thai Institute Romanization), sǐ:rá:tɕhá: (phonetic), after Si Racha (Sri Racha, Sri Raja), town in Chonburi Province, Thailand, where the sauce was allegedly first made

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sriracha was in 1984

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Cite this Entry

“Sriracha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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