Definition of ketchup in English:


Syllabification: ketch·up
Pronunciation: /ˈkeCHəp
(also catsup /ˈkeCHəp, ˈkaCHəp, ˈkatsəp/)


  • A spicy sauce made chiefly from tomatoes and vinegar, used as a condiment.
    More example sentences
    • Dip the fish and chips into the tomato ketchup and tartare sauce as desired.
    • I helped myself to sachets of ketchup and tartare sauce and tucked into my fish.
    • The tables were neatly set, each with clean bottles of tomato ketchup, HP sauce and vinegar.


late 17th century: perhaps from Chinese (Cantonese dialect) k'ē chap 'tomato juice'.

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