caramel[kär′məl; kar′ə məl, -mel′]
- burnt sugar used to color or flavor food or beverages
- a chewy candy made from sugar, milk, etc.
Origin: Fr < OFr calamele < ML calamella, var. of canamella, sugar cane < L canna mellis < canna (see cane) + mellis, honey: see mildew
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- A smooth chewy candy made with sugar, butter, cream or milk, and flavoring.
- Burnt sugar, used for coloring and sweetening foods.
- A moderate yellow brown.
Origin: French, from Old French, from Old Spanish caramel, caramelo, from Portuguese caramel, from Late Latin calamellus, diminutive of Latin calamus, reed, cane, from Greek kalamos.