Definition of ketchup in English:


Line breaks: ketch¦up
Pronunciation: /ˈkɛtʃəp
, -ʌp/
(US also catsup)


[mass noun]
A spicy sauce made chiefly from tomatoes and vinegar, used as a relish.
More 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.


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

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