[ 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.

  1. candy made from such a preparation.

  2. an individual piece of this candy.

  3. any syrup or flavoring made from this preparation or artificially imitating its flavor.

  4. a dark brown color.

  1. made, flavored, or covered with chocolate: chocolate cake; chocolate ice cream.

  2. having the color of chocolate; dark-brown.

Origin of chocolate

First recorded in 1600–1610; from Spanish, from Nahuatl chocolātl, from chocol-, of unknown meaning (but perhaps from xococ “bitter, sour”) + ātl “water”

Other words from chocolate

  • choc·o·lat·y, choc·o·lat·ey, adjective

Words that may be confused with chocolate

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

How to use chocolate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for chocolate


/ (ˈtʃɒkəlɪt, ˈtʃɒklɪt, -lət) /

  1. a food preparation made from roasted ground cacao seeds, usually sweetened and flavoured

  2. a drink or sweetmeat made from this

    • a moderate to deep brown colour

    • (as adjective): a chocolate carpet

Origin of chocolate

C17: from Spanish, from Aztec xocolatl, from xococ sour, bitter + atl water

Derived forms of chocolate

  • chocolaty, adjective

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