Caramel definition

kărə-məl, -mĕl, kärməl
A smooth chewy candy made with sugar, butter, cream or milk, and flavoring.
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Burnt sugar, used for coloring and sweetening foods.
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A moderate yellow brown.
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Burnt sugar, used to color or flavor food or beverages.
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A chewy candy made from a mixture of sugar, milk, butter, etc.
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A smooth, chewy, sticky confection made by heating sugar and other ingredients until the sugars polymerize and become sticky.
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A (sometimes hardened) piece of this confection.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
caramel
Plural:
caramels

Origin of caramel

  • French from Old French from Old Spanish caramel, caramelo from Portuguese caramel from Late Latin calamellus diminutive of Latin calamus reed, cane from Greek kalamos

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French caramel.

    From Wiktionary