Kimchi definition

kĭmchē
A usually spicy Korean dish made of vegetables, such as cabbage or radishes, that are salted, seasoned, and allowed to ferment.
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A spicy Korean dish consisting of pickled cabbage, peppers, garlic, etc.
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A Korean dish made of vegetables, such as cabbage or radishes, that are salted, seasoned, and stored in sealed containers to undergo lactic acid fermentation.
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(slang, ethnic slur, pejorative) A Korean person.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of kimchi - gimchi, kimchee, kim chee

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kimchi
Plural:
kimchis

Origin of kimchi

  • Korean kimch’i possibly from an unattested Old Korean form kimch’ae kim salty (from Middle Chinese ɤəɨm) (also the source of Mandarin xián) ch’ae vegetable, greens (from Middle Chinese tshaj` bok choy)

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

  • From Korean 김치 (gimchi), derived from 침채 (chimchae; 沈菜) in the late Koryo dynasty.

    From Wiktionary