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.