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Caesar salad Tweet Definition of Caesar salad Like Definition of Caesar salad on Facebook
noun (pluralCaesar salads)
  1. (gastronomy) A salad generally made from romaine lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese, coddled or hard-boiled eggs, fresh-ground black pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
calamari Tweet Definition of calamari Like Definition of calamari on Facebook
  1. squid, especially as food
callaloo Tweet Definition of callaloo Like Definition of callaloo on Facebook
  1. Any of various tropical plants grown in the Americas, especially of the genus Xanthosoma, cultivated for their edible leaves.
  2. A spicy soup or stew made from such leaves.
calzone Tweet Definition of calzone Like Definition of calzone on Facebook
noun (s, pl2=calzoni)
  1. A baked Italian turnover made of pizza dough and stuffed with cheese and other toppings.
canape Tweet Definition of canape Like Definition of canape on Facebook
  1. (alternative spelling of, canapé)
canard Tweet Definition of canard Like Definition of canard on Facebook
  1. A deliberately false story.
  2. A type of aircraft in which the primary vertical control surface is in front of the main wing.
candied Tweet Definition of candied Like Definition of candied on Facebook
  1. Preserved in sugar
    • Hot cross buns contain chopped fruit
candle Tweet Definition of candle Like Definition of candle on Facebook
  1. A light source consisting of a wick embedded in a solid, flammable substance such as wax, tallow, or paraffin.
  2. An old unit of luminous intensity, now replaced by the SI unit candela.
  3. In forestry, a fast growing, light colored, upward-growing shoot on a pine tree in the spring. As growth slows in summer, the shoot darkens and is no longer highlighted to one"s view.
verb (candl, ing)
  1. (embryology) A method of observing the growth of an embryo inside an egg, using a bright light source.
  2. In pottery A method for drying greenware prior to beginning of the firing cycle, setting the kiln at 200° Celsius until all water is removed from the greenware.
Candy Tweet Definition of Candy Like Definition of Candy on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A female given name.
canned Tweet Definition of canned Like Definition of canned on Facebook
  1. (past of, can)
  1. Preserved in cans.
  1. (slang) drunk, Drunk.
  2. Previously prepared; not fresh or new; standardized, mass produced, or lacking originality or customization.
The form letter included a answer stating that what I asked was against policy.
cannelloni Tweet Definition of cannelloni Like Definition of cannelloni on Facebook
noun (plural)
  1. wide tubes of pasta filled with a savoury stuffing and baked in the oven
canner Tweet Definition of canner Like Definition of canner on Facebook
  1. Someone or something which cans.
  2. A large pot used for processing jars when preserving food, either in a boiling water bath or by capturing steam to elevate the pressure and temperature.
cannoli Tweet Definition of cannoli Like Definition of cannoli on Facebook
noun (plural), singularcannolo
  1. tubes of fried pasta, filled with ricotta or similar cream cheese, and flavorings, eaten as a dessert; typical of Sicily.
capelli d'angelo Tweet Definition of capelli d Like Definition of capelli d
  1. very thin form of spaghetti, sometimes sold as nests
cappelletti Tweet Definition of cappelletti Like Definition of cappelletti on Facebook
  1. a circular form of ravioli
cappuccino Tweet Definition of cappuccino Like Definition of cappuccino on Facebook
noun (countable and uncountable; plural:cappuccinos)
  1. (uncountable) An Italian coffee-based beverage made from espresso and milk that has been steamed and/or frothed.
  2. (countable) A cup of this beverage.
caramel Tweet Definition of caramel Like Definition of caramel on Facebook
  1. A smooth, chewy, sticky confection made by heating sugar and other ingredients until the sugars polymerize and become sticky.
  2. A piece of such candy.
  3. A yellow-brown color.
caramelize Tweet Definition of caramelize Like Definition of caramelize on Facebook
verb (caramelizes, caramelizing, caramelized)
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  1. (Cooking) To convert sugar into caramel.
  2. (Cooking) To brown sugar by means of heat.
Slowly cooking the onions will them, which brings out the sweetness and gives them a brown color.
carbonado Tweet Definition of carbonado Like Definition of carbonado on Facebook
  1. meat or fish that has been scored and broiled
carbonnade Tweet Definition of carbonnade Like Definition of carbonnade on Facebook
  1. alternative spelling of carbonade
carob Tweet Definition of carob Like Definition of carob on Facebook
  1. An evergreen shrub or tree, Ceratonia siliqua, native to the Mediterranean region.
  2. the fruit of that tree.
  3. a sweet chocolate-like confection made with the pulp of the fruit.
casing Tweet Definition of casing Like Definition of casing on Facebook
  1. That which encloses or encases.
Some people like to split the of a sausage before cooking so it doesn't split, others don't.
  1. (present participle of, case)
casserole Tweet Definition of casserole Like Definition of casserole on Facebook
  1. A dish of glass or earthenware, with a lid, in which food is baked and sometimes served
  2. Food, such as a stew, cooked in such a dish
catsup Tweet Definition of catsup Like Definition of catsup on Facebook
  1. (rare): Variant of ketchup.
caviar Tweet Definition of caviar Like Definition of caviar on Facebook
noun (uncountable)
  1. roe of the sturgeon, considered a delicacy
CB Tweet Definition of CB Like Definition of CB on Facebook
initialism (wikipedia, citizens' band radio)
  1. citizens' band
  2. Chemical and Biological
cervelat Tweet Definition of cervelat Like Definition of cervelat on Facebook
  1. A German or Swiss smoked sausage made with pork or beef.
chapati Tweet Definition of chapati Like Definition of chapati on Facebook
  1. a flat, unleavened bread from northern India and Pakistan
charger Tweet Definition of charger Like Definition of charger on Facebook
  1. A device that charges or recharges.
    Put the batteries in the overnight so we can use them tomorrow.
  2. A large horse trained for battle and used by the cavalry. They were of a lighter build than a destrier
    The knight rode a white .
  3. A large platter.
    The fancy restaurant used a white porcelain when serving.
  4. One who charges.
Charlotte Tweet Definition of Charlotte Like Definition of Charlotte on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female, from French, ) used in the English-speaking world since the seventeenth century.
    1. The largest city in the state of North Carolina.
chasseur Tweet Definition of chasseur Like Definition of chasseur on Facebook
  1. Any of several light infantry regiments in France
  2. A style of cooking in which meat is cooked with a sauce containing mushrooms, shallots and white wine
Cheddar Tweet Definition of Cheddar Like Definition of Cheddar on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a village in Somerset, England famous for its cheese, and also for its gorge, caves and remains of early man found in them
  2. Cheddar cheese
cheese Tweet Definition of cheese Like Definition of cheese on Facebook
noun (cheese, pl2=cheeses)
  1. (uncountable) A dairy product made from curdled or cultured milk.
  2. (countable) Any particular variety of cheese.
  3. (uncountable) (slang) That which is melodramatic, overly emotional, or clichéd, i.e. cheesy.
  4. (uncountable) (slang) money
  5. (countable) (slang) (baseball) A fastball.
  6. (uncountable) (slang) A dangerous mixture of black tar heroin and crushed Tylenol, Tylenol PM tablets. The resulting powder resembles grated cheese and is snorted. See w:Cheese (recreational drug).
verb (chees, es)
  1. To prepare curds for making cheese.
cheeseburger Tweet Definition of cheeseburger Like Definition of cheeseburger on Facebook
  1. A hamburger containing cheese (usually one or more slices of processed cheese).
cheesecake Tweet Definition of cheesecake Like Definition of cheesecake on Facebook
  1. (context, countable) A pie made of sweetened and flavoured cottage cheese or cream cheese, eggs and milk on a crunchy base.
Cheesecake is an especially fattening desert.
  1. (context, not countable) One or more images of one or more scantily clad, sexually attractive persons, especially young women; pinups.
Company policy forbids displaying in the locker rooms.
chef Tweet Definition of chef Like Definition of chef on Facebook
  1. The head cook of an establishment such as a restaurant, club, or wealthy family.
  2. Same as Chief.
cherry Tweet Definition of cherry Like Definition of cherry on Facebook
noun (cherr, ies)
  1. a small fruit, usually red, black or yellow, with a smooth hard seed and a short hard stem.
  2. a tree or shrub that bears cherries.
  3. the wood of a cherry tree.
  4. (colour) a bright red color, colour
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    1. (slang) virginity, particularly of a woman.
  1. containing or having the taste of cherries.
  2. (colour) of a bright red colour.
  3. (informal, often, of cars) In excellent condition; mint condition.
Cheshire Tweet Definition of Cheshire Like Definition of Cheshire on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A maritime county of England, bordered by the Irish Sea, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Denbighshire and Flintshire.
chestnut Tweet Definition of chestnut Like Definition of chestnut on Facebook
noun (pluralchestnuts)
  1. A tree or shrub of the genus Castanea.
  2. The nut of this tree or shrub.
  3. A dark, reddish-brown colour/color.
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    1. A reddish-brown horse.
    2. The wood of a chestnut tree.
    3. (Often "old chestnut") a worn-out meme; a work so often repeated as to have grown tiresome.
    4. A part of a horse found on the inner leg, similar to a birthmark on a human.
adjective (no (compar) or (superl))
  1. (colour) of a deep reddish brown colour, like that of a chestnut.
chewing gum Tweet Definition of chewing gum Like Definition of chewing gum on Facebook
  1. a sweetened flavoured preparation of chicle, made for chewing
chicken Tweet Definition of chicken Like Definition of chicken on Facebook
noun (countable and uncountable, pluralchickens)
  1. (countable) A domestic fowl, Gallus gallus.
  2. (uncountable) The meat from this bird eaten as food.
  3. (context, countable, slang) A coward.
  4. (countable, gay slang) A young, attractive, slim man, usually having little body hair.
  5. (context, countable, slang) A young person of either sex.
  6. A confrontational game in which the participants move toward each other at high speed (usually in automobiles); the player who turns first to avoid colliding into the other is the loser.
  1. cowardly
chili Tweet Definition of chili Like Definition of chili on Facebook
noun (pl=chilis, pl2=chilies)
  1. The spicy fresh or dried fruit of any of several cultivated varieties of capsicum, used especially to add heat, or as a flavouring in cooking; associated with Mexican, Indian and Tex-Mex cuisine.
chili con carne Tweet Definition of chili con carne Like Definition of chili con carne on Facebook
  1. A dish of meat and beans in a tomato sauce flavoured with chilli peppers.
chili dog Tweet Definition of chili dog Like Definition of chili dog on Facebook
  1. A hot dog served with a topping of chili con carne
chilli Tweet Definition of chilli Like Definition of chilli on Facebook
noun (pl=chillis, pl2=chillies)
  1. The pungent fresh or dried fruit of any of several cultivated varieties of capsicum.
''The farmers" market had a wide variety of chillis from anchos to jalepenos to habeneros.
  1. (uncountable) chili con carne, Chili con carne.
I fancy having some for dinner tonight. What about you, Sandra?
  1. (uncountable) powder, Powdered chilli peppers, used as a spice or flavouring in cooking.
I want to make this pasta spicy so I"m going to add some to it.
Chip Tweet Definition of Chip Like Definition of Chip on Facebook
nounSeechipproper noun
  1. A male given name.
chipotle Tweet Definition of chipotle Like Definition of chipotle on Facebook
  1. A ripe jalapeí~+mn~o pepper, dried and smoked for use in cooking.
  1. seasoned, Seasoned with or flavored by chipotles.
chitterlings Tweet Definition of chitterlings Like Definition of chitterlings on Facebook
  1. small pig intestine, boiled and fried. Sometimes prepared with hog maws.
chocolate Tweet Definition of chocolate Like Definition of chocolate on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) A food made from ground roasted cocoa beans.
Chocolate is a very popular treat.
  1. (countable) A single, small piece of confectionery made from chocolate.
He bought her some chocolates as a gift.
  1. (context, uncountable, colour) A dark, reddish-brown colour/color, like that of chocolate.
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    As he cooked it the whole thing turned a rich deep .
  1. Made of or containing chocolate.
  2. (colour) Having a dark reddish-brown colour/color.
choice Tweet Definition of choice Like Definition of choice on Facebook
  1. An option; a decision; an opportunity to choose or select something.
Do I have a of what color to paint it?
  1. One selection or preference; that which is chosen or decided; the outcome of a decision.
The ice cream sundae is a popular for dessert.
  1. Anything that can be choosen.
  2. (definite: the choice): The best or most preferable part
adjective (more, choicest or most choice)
  1. Especially good or preferred.
It's a location, but you will pay more to live there.
  1. (slang) (New Zealand) cool, Cool; excellent.
Choice! I'm going to the movies.
chop Tweet Definition of chop Like Definition of chop on Facebook
  1. A cut of meat, often containing a section of a rib.
I only like lamb chops when it is served with mint jelly.
  1. A blow with an axe, cleaver, or similar utensil.
It should take just one good to fell the sapling.
  1. ocean, Ocean waves, generally caused by wind, distinguished from swell by being smaller and not lasting as long.
  2. (poker) The result of a tied poker hand
verb (chops, chopping, chopped, chopped)
  1. (transitive) To cut into pieces with short, vigorous cutting motions.
an onion
  1. (transitive) To sever with an axe or similar implement.
Chop off his head.
  1. (transitive) To prepare marijuana so as to be smokable.
  2. (context, transitive, baseball) To hit the ball downward so that it takes a high bounce.
  3. (poker) To divide the pot (or tournament prize) between two or more players.
chopstick Tweet Definition of chopstick Like Definition of chopstick on Facebook
  1. A particular East Asian eating utensil, used in pairs and held in the hand, the utensil is a stick, usually made of wood, of approximately 10cm in length.
chop suey Tweet Definition of chop suey Like Definition of chop suey on Facebook
  1. (i, United States) a stir-fry vegetable dish, served with pieces of beef or pork in a semi-thick sauce, and often soy sauce
  2. (Canada) steamed beansprouts served in a semi-thick sauce, and mixed with a choice of meat and/or vegetables
chorizo Tweet Definition of chorizo Like Definition of chorizo on Facebook
  1. A spicy Spanish sausage flavoured with paprika
chowder Tweet Definition of chowder Like Definition of chowder on Facebook
  1. A thick, creamy soup or stew.
Chuck Tweet Definition of Chuck Like Definition of Chuck on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male, , ) (uncountable) A diminutive of the male given name Charles.
    1. (countable) a Chuck Taylor shoe (usually referred to in plural form, Chucks).
chutney Tweet Definition of chutney Like Definition of chutney on Facebook
  1. A sweet or savory but usually spicy condiment, originally from eastern India, made from a variety of fruits and/or vegetables, often containing significant amounts of fresh green or dried red chili peppers.
cider Tweet Definition of cider Like Definition of cider on Facebook
  1. (context, UK, Australian English, uncountable) An alcoholic, sparkling beverage made from fermented apples;
  2. (countable) any particular type of this cider.
  3. (context, US, uncountable) A non-alcoholic, still beverage consisting of the (usually unfiltered and still containing pulp) juice of early-harvest apples; without pulp it is called apple juice
  4. (countable) any particular type of this cider.
  5. (context, Australian English, uncountable) A non-alcoholic, sparkling beverage made from apples
  6. (countable) any particular type of this cider.
  7. (countable) A glass of cider (in any of the above senses).
  8. (context, in, _, Japan) A non-alcoholic drink, normally carbonated; equivalent to soft drink.
cinnamon Tweet Definition of cinnamon Like Definition of cinnamon on Facebook
  1. (countable) a tropical Asian tree with an aromatic bark.
  2. (uncountable) a spice from the dried aromatic bark of the cinnamon tree, either rolled into strips or ground into a powder.
  3. (countable) a yellowish-brown color, colour, the color of cinnamon.
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  1. containing cinnamon, or having a cinnamon taste.
  2. of a yellowish-brown colour.
citron Tweet Definition of citron Like Definition of citron on Facebook
  1. (colour) a greenish yellow colour.
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    1. a small citrus tree, Citrus medica
    2. the fruit of a citron tree.
    3. the candied rind of the citron fruit.
  1. (colour) of a greenish yellow colour.
club Tweet Definition of club Like Definition of club on Facebook
  1. A heavy stick intended for use as a weapon.
  2. An association of members joining together for some common purpose, especially sports or recreation.
  3. A nightclub
  4. A playing card marked with the symbol &clubs;
  5. An implement to hit the ball in some ballgames, e.g. golf.
cobbler Tweet Definition of cobbler Like Definition of cobbler on Facebook
  1. A person who makes and repairs shoes.
  2. A kind of pie, usually filled with fruit, that lacks a base crust.
  3. (slang) A police officer, usually used in the plural form.
Look out, it's the cobblers!.
cocktail Tweet Definition of cocktail Like Definition of cocktail on Facebook
  1. An alcoholic beverage containing multiple types of liquor
They visited a pub noted for the wide range of cocktails they serve.
    • 1806, 13 May 1806 edition of Balance and Columbian Repository, published by Hudson, New York, (first appearance in print):
    • : Cocktail is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters " it is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.
      1. A mixture of other substances.
      "Scientists found a of pollutants in the river downstream of the chemical factory."
Cocoa Tweet Definition of Cocoa Like Definition of Cocoa on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Cocoa (API))
  1. (computing) an object-oriented programming API for Mac OS X
coconut milk Tweet Definition of coconut milk Like Definition of coconut milk on Facebook
  1. The liquid from inside the seed of the coconut. It is commonly used in South East Asian cuisine for its aromatic property in curry and other gravy.