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Meaning of ketchup by Wiktionary Dictionary

ketchup


    A bottle of tomato ketchup.
    A bottle of mushroom ketchup.

    Alternative forms

    Etymology

    1711, following earlier catchup ( 1690 ), of disputed origin.[1] Originally referred to a sauce from South/Southeast/East Asia – 1690: East Indies ( region generally ); 1711: Tonkin ( northern Vietnam ) and China .

    Most likely from Malay kicap, from Chinese Min Nan 鮭汁 ( kê-chiap, “brine of fish ( namely salmon )” ), though precise path is unclearthere are related words in various Chinese dialects, and it may have entered English directly from Chinese. Cognate to Indonesian kecap, ketjap ( “soy sauce” ). Various other theories existsee Ketchup: Terminology for extended discussion .

    Catsup ( earlier catchup ) is an alternative Anglicization, still in use in U.S .

    Pronunciation

    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈkɛtʃ.ʌp/, /ˈkɛtʃ.əp/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈkɛtʃ.əp/
    • Homophone: catch up

    Noun

    ketchup ( countable and uncountable; plural: ketchups )

    1. ( uncountable ) A tomato-vinegar based sauce.
      1. ( US standard of identity ) A food comprising tomato concentrate and any of vinegar, sweetener, spices, flavoring, onion, and garlic .
    2. ( countable ) Such a sauce more generally ( not necessarily based on tomatoes ), or a specific brand or kind of such sauce – see usage notes below .

    Usage notes

    The term is now used almost exclusively to refer to tomato ketchup. However, at one time it was a more general term for sauce, and it is still occasionally used in this way, as with grape ketchup and mushroom ketchup .

    See also

    1. ^ “The etymological origin of the word ketchup is a matter of confusion.” Pure Ketchup, by Andrew F. Smith, ISBN 1-56098-993-9. Page 4 .
    • “ketchup” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001


Explanation of ketchup by Wordnet Dictionary

ketchup


    Noun
    1. thick spicy sauce made from tomatoes



    Definition of ketchup by GCIDE Dictionary

    ketchup


    1. Catchup Catsup , n. [Probably of East Indian origin, because it was originally a kind of East Indian pickles. Cf. also Malay kĕchap fish sauce. MW10.] A pureed table sauce made predominantly from tomatoes, flavored with onions, sugar, salt and spices; called also tomato ketchup. The term is also applied to pureed sauces containing mushrooms, walnuts, etc., being called in such cases mushroom ketchup, walnut ketchup, etc. [Written also ketchup.]

    2. ketchup n. [Probably of East Indian origin, because it was originally a kind of East Indian pickles. Cf. also Malay kĕchap fish sauce. MW10.] A pureed table sauce made predominantly from tomatoes, flavored with onions, sugar, salt and spices; called also tomato ketchup. The term is also applied to pureed sauces containing mushrooms, walnuts, etc., being called in such cases mushroom ketchup, walnut ketchup, etc. [Written also catsup and catchup.]