Definition of ketchup in English:

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ketchup

Pronunciation: /ˈkeCHəp/
(also catsup /ˈkeCHəp/ /ˈkaCHəp/ /ˈkatsəp/)

noun

A spicy sauce made chiefly from tomatoes and vinegar, used as a condiment.
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.

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ketch·up

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