Definition of cinnamon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsinəmən/


1An aromatic spice made from the peeled, dried, and rolled bark of a Southeast Asian tree.
Example sentences
  • The spices used were ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and cardamom, along with tea leaves.
  • For the spiced cakes, I added a bit of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, and ginger, along with a minced chili pepper.
  • Pilau is a delicious dish of rice spiced with curry, cinnamon, cumin, hot peppers, and cloves.
1.1A reddish- or yellowish-brown color resembling that of cinnamon.
Example sentences
  • Sally deduced that the colours Jane should be wearing were light colours with some warmth, such as peach, beige, caramel, cinnamon, and apricot.
  • His shoulders and chest were covered in cinnamon coloured freckles.
  • The huge cinnamon and gold suite next door features a grand piano.
2 (also cinnamon tree) The tree which yields cinnamon.
  • Genus Cinnamomum, family Lauraceae: several species, in particular C. zeylanicum, native to southern India and Sri Lanka.
Example sentences
  • A Daoist tradition in China holds that the source of immortality, or at least long life, is the cinnamon tree in the moon, a tree that no amount of chopping can fell.


Late Middle English: from Old French cinnamome (from Greek kinnamōmon), and Latin cinnamon (from Greek kinnamon), both from a Semitic language and perhaps based on Malay.

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Syllabification: cin·na·mon

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