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caramel

Line breaks: cara|mel
Pronunciation: /ˈkarəm(ə)l
 
, -mɛl/

Definition of caramel in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Sugar or syrup heated until it turns brown, used as a flavouring or colouring for food or drink: a gateau frosted with caramel [as modifier]: caramel ice cream
More example sentences
  • In a medium saucepan, boil the sugar, water, and corn syrup to a caramel until golden brown.
  • For the final course, I made a caramelized apple and fennel tart with caramel sauce and lemon custard ice cream.
  • Dip apples into hot caramel and turn until completely coated.
1.1The light brown colour of caramel: the liquid turns a pale caramel [as modifier]: a caramel sweater
More example sentences
  • Amber had light caramel brown hair and hazel eyes, she was tall with milky white skin and rosy complexion.
  • Her silk scarf and soft Icelandic wool sweater complement her deep caramel skin and shoulder-length brown hair.
  • From herein, continue to stir every 30 seconds or so, for the next 10 minutes, until all of the fruit is sticky with a golden brown caramel colour.
1.2 [count noun] A soft toffee made with sugar and butter that have been melted and further heated: a jar of caramels
More example sentences
  • Also in this group are a type of toffee known as caramels.
  • I was about to bake them with just a little sugar, when I saw a little box of salted butter caramels on the counter, a souvenir from Brittany, and thought I would use a few to sweeten the fruit instead.
  • A bag of suckers, chocolate cupcakes, caramels, jawbreakers and licorice all went into the bag first.

Origin

early 18th century: from French, from Spanish caramelo.

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