Definition of chow chow in English:

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chow chow

Pronunciation: /ˈCHou ˌCHou/


1 another term for chow (sense 2 of the noun).
2 (also chow-chow) A Chinese preserve of ginger, orange peel, and other ingredients, in syrup.
Example sentences
  • So next time you get the craving for yams, sweet potatoes, chow chow, papaya, cassava, fresh chillis, or just want five kilos of King Edwards, give Surrey Street a try and help to maintain one of the town's greatest experiences.
  • Chow chow is an important ingredient when making Sri Lankan fruit cake.
  • Chow chow preserves can be purchased at Chinese groceries or specialty food stores.
3 (also chow-chow) A mixed vegetable pickle.
Example sentences
  • Chow chows can be made from cabbage, green tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower, corn, onions, peppers, vinegar, salt, turmeric, and a sweetener.
  • In the south, and particularly in the mountains where they grow huge heads of crisp cabbage, chow chow is a favorite relish to be eaten with a bowl of pinto beans.
  • Southerners serve chow chow with beans, peas and greens and as an all-purpose relish with meat, poultry and fish.


Late 18th century: pidgin English, of unknown ultimate origin.

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Syllabification: chow chow

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