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[chaw-kuh-lit, chok-uh-, chawk-lit, chok-]
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  1. a preparation of the seeds of cacao, roasted, husked, and ground, often sweetened and flavored, as with vanilla.
  2. a beverage made by dissolving such a preparation in milk or water, served hot or cold: a cup of hot chocolate.
  3. candy made from such a preparation.
  4. an individual piece of this candy.
  5. any syrup or flavoring made from this preparation or artificially imitating its flavor.
  6. a dark brown color.
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  1. made, flavored, or covered with chocolate: chocolate cake; chocolate ice cream.
  2. having the color of chocolate; dark-brown.
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Origin of chocolate

1595–1605; < Spanish < Nahuatl chocolātl
Related formschoc·o·lat·y, choc·o·lat·ey, adjective
Can be confusedcacao chocolate coca cocoa coke
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Related Words for chocolate

dessert, confection, snack, candy, chocolate, fawn, ginger, tan, toast, amber, brick, nut, buff, coffee, drab, dust, bronze, bay, ecru, beige

Examples from the Web for chocolate

Contemporary Examples of chocolate

Historical Examples of chocolate

  • The third chocolate attendant, in reply, merely lifted his shoulders.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • If you find the chocolate cream too thin, add more maccaroons.

  • She sighed, tucked a chocolate into her cheek, and went scowling to the table.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • She picked up a packet of the chocolate and looked at the name of the maker.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • On a table near my bed was a small tray on which were a cup of chocolate and a cake.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

British Dictionary definitions for chocolate


  1. a food preparation made from roasted ground cacao seeds, usually sweetened and flavoured
  2. a drink or sweetmeat made from this
    1. a moderate to deep brown colour
    2. (as adjective)a chocolate carpet
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Derived Formschocolaty, adjective

Word Origin for chocolate

C17: from Spanish, from Aztec xocolatl, from xococ sour, bitter + atl water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chocolate


c.1600, from Nahuatl xocolatl, possibly from xocolia "to make bitter" + atl "water." Brought to Spain by 1520, from thence to the rest of Europe. Originally a drink; as a paste or cake made of ground, roasted, sweetened cacao seeds, 1640s.

To a Coffee-house, to drink jocolatte, very good [Pepys, "Diary," Nov. 24, 1664].

As a color from 1776. Chocolate chip is from 1940; chocolatier is attested from 1888.

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