Share this entry
recipe Syllabification: rec·i·pe
Pronunciation: /ˈresəˌpē/

Definition of recipe in English:


1A set of instructions for preparing a particular dish, including a list of the ingredients required: a traditional Indonesian recipe
More example sentences
  • Most of the recipes are simple to prepare and follow short ingredient lists.
  • Following a traditional recipe, the scientists prepared the maize and analysed the contents.
  • She was stuck in the kitchen, surrounded by recipes and various ingredients.
cooking instructions/directions
archaic receipt
1.1Something that is likely to lead to a particular outcome: sky-high interest rates are a recipe for disaster
More example sentences
  • The first alternative is a shortcut to insolvency, the second, a recipe for discontentment and civil unrest.
  • Allowing ideology to drive science is a recipe for second rate science.
  • It is a recipe for further volatility in the lead up to next year's elections.
means/way of achieving, prescription, formula, blueprint
1.2 archaic A medical prescription.
Example sentences
  • Medical recipes, then and now, can often seem confusing because of their wealth of abbreviations and symbols.
  • This work-diary is composed of medical recipes written in a technical and highly abbreviated Latin.


Late Middle English: from Latin, literally 'receive!' (first used as an instruction in medical prescriptions), imperative of recipere.

Words that rhyme with recipe

turnipy • praecipe • gossipy
Definition of recipe in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources