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 of caramelFrench ; from Old French calamele ; from Medieval Latin calamella, variant, variety of canamella, sugar cane ; from Classical Latin canna mellis ; from canna (see cane) + mellis, honey: see mildew
- 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 of caramelFrench, from Old French, from Old Spanish caramel, caramelo, from Portuguese caramel, from Late Latin calamellus, diminutive of Latin calamus, reed, cane, from Greek kalamos.
Both the two syllable and the three syllable pronunciations are very common in all regions of the United States, but the trisyllabic pronunciation is more common than the disyllabic one in the South (excluding western Texas), northern New Jersey, eastern New York and New England, while the disyllabic one is more common than the trisyllabic one in other regions.