(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”).