Caramel meaning

kăr'ə-məl, -mĕl', kär'məl
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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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