[ kuh-lawr-ik, -lor- ]

  1. of or relating to calories: the caloric content of food.

  2. of or relating to heat.

  1. (of engines) driven by heat.

  2. high in calories: a caloric meal.

  1. Archaic. heat.

  2. a hypothetical fluid whose presence in matter was thought to determine its thermal state.

Origin of caloric

First recorded in 1785–95; from French calorique, equivalent to calor- (from Latin calor “heat”) + -ique adjective-forming suffix; see -ic

Other words from caloric

  • ca·lor·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • cal·o·ric·i·ty [kal-uh-ris-i-tee], /ˌkæl əˈrɪs ɪ ti/, noun
  • non·ca·lor·ic, adjective

Words Nearby caloric Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use caloric in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for caloric


/ (kəˈlɒrɪk, ˈkælərɪk) /

  1. of or concerned with heat or calories

  1. obsolete a hypothetical elastic fluid formerly postulated as the embodiment of heat

Derived forms of caloric

  • caloricity (ˌkæləˈrɪsɪtɪ), noun

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