A pile of ground cinnamon next to a couple of cinnamon sticks.
- the yellowish-brown spice made from the dried inner bark of several trees or shrubs (genus Cinnamomum) of the laurel family, native to the East Indies and Southeast Asia
- this bark
- any tree or shrub from which this bark is obtained
- yellowish brown
Origin of cinnamonMiddle English cinamome ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin cinnamomum ; from Classical Greek kinnamōmon ; from Classical Hebrew (language) qinnāmōn, cinnamon
- made or flavored with cinnamon
- a. The dried aromatic inner bark of certain tropical Asian trees of the genus Cinnamomum, especially C. verum and cassia (C. aromaticum), often ground and used as a spice.b. A tree yielding this bark.
- A light reddish brown.
- Flavored with cinnamon.
- Of a light reddish brown.
Origin of cinnamonMiddle English cinamome, from Old French, from Latin cinnamōmum, from Greek kinnamōmon, probably of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew qinnāmôn.
in sticks (left) and ground (right)
(countable and uncountable, plural cinnamons)
- (countable) A small evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka and southern India, Cinnamomum verum or Cinnamomum zeylanicum, belonging to the family Lauraceae.
- Several related trees, notably the Indonesian cinnamon (Cinnamomum burmannii) and Chinese cinnamon or cassia (Cinnamomum aromaticum or Cinnamomum cassia).
- (uncountable) A spice from the dried aromatic bark of the cinnamon tree, either rolled into strips or ground into a powder. The word is commonly used as trade name for spices made of any of the species above. The product made of Cinnamomum verum is sometimes referred to as true cinnamon.
- (countable) A yellowish-brown colour, the color of cinnamon.
- Containing cinnamon, or having a cinnamon taste.
- Of a yellowish-brown colour.