chocolate[c̸hôk′lət, c̸häk′-; c̸hôk′ə lət, c̸häk′ə-]
Several chunks of chocolate.
- The definition of chocolate is a food substance that is made with cacao beans mixed with sweetener, or having a deep brownish and reddish or grayish coloring.
- An example of something chocolate is a cup of cocoa, sugar and hot milk.
- An example of something chocolate is the color of a Twix candy bar.
- Chocolate means prepared cacao seeds mixed with a sweetener, or a deep brownish color with red or gray tones.
- An example of chocolate is a Milky Way candy bar.
- An example of chocolate is the color of a Snickers bar.
- a paste, powder, syrup, or bar made from cacao seeds that have been roasted and ground
- a drink made of chocolate, hot milk or water, and sugar
- a candy made of or coated with chocolate
- reddish brown
Origin of chocolateuncertain or unknown; perhaps via French chocolat ; from Spanish chocolate ; from Nahuatl čokola:λ
- made of or flavored with chocolate
- Fermented, roasted, shelled, and ground cacao seeds, often combined with a sweetener or flavoring agent.
- A beverage made by mixing water or milk with chocolate.
- A small, chocolate-covered candy with a hard or soft center.
- A grayish to deep reddish brown to deep grayish brown.
- Made or flavored with chocolate: chocolate pudding.
- Of a grayish to deep reddish brown to deep grayish brown.
Origin of chocolateSpanish, from Nahuatl chicolātl, chocolātl, frothy beverage made from water, cornmeal, and ground cacao and kapok tree seeds : probably chicol-, chocol-, of unknown meaning and origin + ātl, water.
- choc·o·lat·y, choc·o·lat·ey
(countable and uncountable, plural chocolates)
- (uncountable) A food made from ground roasted cocoa beans
- Chocolate is a very popular treat.
- (uncountable) A drink made by dissolving this food in boiling milk
- (countable) A single, small piece of confectionery made from chocolate
- He bought her some chocolates as a gift.
- (uncountable) A dark, reddish-brown colour/color, like that of chocolate
- As he cooked it the whole thing turned a rich, deep chocolate.
(comparative more chocolate, superlative most chocolate)
- Made of or containing chocolate.
- Having a dark reddish-brown colour/color.
Often said to come from Nahuatl xocolātl (e.g. American Heritage Dictionary 2000) or chocolatl (e.g. dictionary.com 2006), which would be derived from xococ (“bitter”), and ātl (“water”), (with an irregular change of x to ch). However, the form xocolatl is not directly attested, and chocolatl does not appear in Nahuatl until the mid-18th century. Dakin and Wichmann (2000) propose that the chocol- element refers to a special wooden stick used to prepare chocolate, and suggest the correct etymology to be chicolātl, a word found in several modern Nahuatl dialects. Yet another theory is that the prefix came from Yucatec Maya chocol, hot.
In any case, the word chocolate reached English via Spanish and probably had something to do with Nahuatl ātl (“water”).