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Meaning of chocolate by Wiktionary Dictionary


    chocolate ( confectionery )


    Often said to come from Nahuatl xocolātl ( e.g. US Heritage Dictionary 2000 ) or chocolatl ( e.g. dictionary.com 2006 ), which would be derived from xococ, bitter, and ātl, water, ( with an irregular change of x to ch ). However, the form xocolatl is not directly attested, and chocolatl does not appear in Nahuatl until the mid-18th century. Dakin and Wichmann ( 2000 ) propose that the chocol- element refers to a special wooden stick used to prepare chocolate, and suggest the correct etymology to be chicolātl, a word found in several modern Nahuatl dialects .

    In any case, the word chocolate reached English via Spanish .


    • ( Aus ): IPA: /ˈtʃɒklət/, /ˈtʃɒkələt/; SAMPA: /"tSQkl@t/, /"tSQk@l@t/
    • ( UK ): IPA: /ˈtʃɒklɪt/, /ˈtʃɒkəlɪt/; SAMPA: /"tSQklIt/, /"tSQk@lIt/
    • ( US, CA ): IPA: /ˈtʃɑklət/, /ˈtʃɑkələt/, SAMPA: /"tSAkl@t/, /"tSAk@l@t/


    chocolate ( countable and uncountable; plural: chocolates )

    1. ( uncountable ) A food made from ground roasted cocoa beans .
      Chocolate is a very popular treat .
    2. ( countable ) A single, small piece of confectionery made from chocolate .
      He bought her some chocolates as a gift .
    3. ( uncountable ) A dark, reddish-brown colour/color, like that of chocolate .
      As he cooked it the whole thing turned a rich deep chocolate .
      chocolate colour:

    Related terms


    chocolate ( not comparable )

    1. Made of or containing chocolate .
    2. Having a dark reddish-brown colour/color .

    Derived terms

    See 派生語 for the noun

    See also

    See also

    • "chocolate." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 17 Nov. 2006. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/chocolate>
    • "chocolate." Dictionary.com Unabridged ( v 1.0.1 ). Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006. 17 Nov. 2006. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/chocolate>
    • Dakin, Karen; Wichmann, Søren. ( 2000 ) ‘Cacao and Chocolate: An Uto-Aztec perspective’. Ancient Mesoamerica, vol. 11, pp.55–75 .
    • Karttunen, Frances. ( 1983 ) An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl. University of Texas Press, p. 54 .

    External links

    • Chocolate on Wikipedia .
    • wikisource-logo.svg Chocolate in the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica .

Explanation of chocolate by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a medium brown to dark-brown color

    2. a food made from roasted ground cacao beans

    3. a beverage made from cocoa powder and milk and sugar

    Definition of chocolate by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Chocolate n. [Sp., fr. the Mexican name of the cacao. Cf. Cacao, Cocoa.]
      1. A paste or cake composed of the roasted seeds of the Theobroma Cacao ground and mixed with other ingredients, usually sugar, and cinnamon or vanilla.

      2. The beverage made by dissolving a portion of the paste or cake in boiling water or milk.

      Chocolate house, a house in which customers may be served with chocolate. -- Chocolate nut. See Cacao.