[ kahy-en, key- ]
/ kaɪˈɛn, keɪ- /


a hot, biting condiment composed of the ground pods and seeds of the pepper Capsicum annuum longum.
the long, wrinkled, twisted fruit of this plant.
the plant itself.

Origin of cayenne

1750–60; short for cayenne pepper, formerly cayan < Tupi kyinha, but long associated with Cayenne
Also called cayenne pepper.

Related forms

cay·enned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cayenne pepper (1 of 2)

cayenne pepper

/ (keɪˈɛn) /


a very hot condiment, bright red in colour, made from the dried seeds and pods of various capsicumsOften shortened to: cayenne Also called: red pepper

Word Origin for cayenne pepper

C18: ultimately from Tupi quiynha

British Dictionary definitions for cayenne pepper (2 of 2)


/ (keɪˈɛn) /


the capital of French Guiana, on an island at the mouth of the Cayenne River: French penal settlement from 1854 to 1938. Pop: 50 594 (1999)
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