Origin of ketchupuncertain or unknown; perhaps via Malay k?chap, a fish sauce from Chinese ke-tsiap
also catch·up or cat·sup
Origin of ketchupMalay kicap sauce made from fermented fish from Chinese (Hokkien) kê-chiap kê pickled fish ( from Middle Chinese xj&hhook;ja&tricolon;j ) ( also the source of Mandarin xié ) chiap juice, sauce, brine ( from Middle Chinese xj&hhook;ja&tricolon;j ) ( also the source of Mandarinzhī)
(countable and uncountable, plural ketchups)
- (uncountable) A tomato-vinegar based sauce.
- (countable) Such a sauce more generally (not necessarily based on tomatoes), or a specific brand or kind of such sauce – .
- fish ketchup; fruit ketchup; mushroom ketchup
The term is now used almost exclusively to refer to tomato ketchup. However, at one time it was a more general term for sauce, and it is still occasionally used in this way, as with grape ketchup and mushroom ketchup.
The spelling ketchup became significantly preferred in the United States due to the popularity of Heinz Tomato Ketchup, which used this spelling since shortly after its introduction in 1876 (after earlier using catsup) to distinguish itself from competitors. Other major brands, such as Hunt, subsequently followed, with Del Monte only switching to ketchup in 1988.
1711, following earlier catchup (1690), of disputed origin. Originally referred to a sauce from South/Southeast/East Asia – 1690: East Indies (region generally); 1711: Tonkin (northern Vietnam) and China.
Most likely from Malay kicap, from Chinese Min Nan 鮭汁 (kê-chiap, “brine of fish (namely salmon)”), though precise path is unclear – there are related words in various Chinese dialects, and it may have entered English directly from Chinese. Cognate to Indonesian kecap, ketjap (“soy sauce”). Various other theories exist – see Ketchup: Terminology for extended discussion.
Catsup (earlier catchup) is an alternative Anglicization, still in use in U.S.
- You are allowed to use 1 to 2 teaspoons of ketchup, mustard, or barbecue sauce.
- You will usually find the costumes divided into sections ranging from generic witch and devil gear, all the way to odd and unique costumes such as a ketchup and mustard bottle duo.
- When all your loaves are in your pan, before placing in the oven, spread some ketchup on the top of each loaf, and place one piece of bacon on top.
- Blind fold kids and have them feel spooky objects, such as brains (spaghetti noodles), eyeballs (peeled grapes), and blood (ketchup, of course!).
- For example, if the garment says that you shouldn't use chlorine bleach, you won't want to use bleach to remove that ketchup stain.