a mild or hot, red, powdered condiment ground from certain capsicums, grown esp. in central Europe and the American tropics
Origin of paprikaHungarian ; from Serbian pàprìka ; from pàpar, pepper ; from Classical Greek peperi, pepper
- A powdered seasoning made from sweet red peppers, ranging in flavor from mild to hot.
- A dark to deep or vivid reddish orange.
Origin of paprikaHungarian, from Serbian, from papar, ground pepper, from Slavic *piprŭ, from Latin piper; see pepper.
(countable and uncountable, plural paprikas)
- (uncountable) Powdered spice made from dried and ground fruits of sweet pepper (bell pepper) or chili pepper (cultivars of Capsicum annuum), or mixtures of these (used especially in Hungarian cooking).
- (countable) A variety of the spice.
- (countable) A dried but not yet ground fruit of sweet pepper (bell pepper) or chili pepper sold for use as a spice.
- A bright reddish orange colour like that of the dried paprika.
(comparative more paprika, superlative most paprika)
- Of a bright reddish orange colour, like that of the dried paprika.