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or chut·nee

noun, plural chut·neys.
  1. a sauce or relish of East Indian origin, often compounded of both sweet and sour ingredients, as fruits and herbs, with spices and other seasoning.
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Origin of chutney

First recorded in 1805–15, chutney is from the Hindi word chatnī
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Examples from the Web for chutnee

Historical Examples

  • An old pupil sends me my chutnee; and I always keep it for grand occasions, like this and the break-up party.

    The Youngest Girl in the School

    Evelyn Sharp

  • Fancy a high-souled creature, capable of æsthetics, giving her mind to soup or the right proportion of chutnee for the curry!

  • Then mix the powder, paste, chutnee, and cassareep into a thin paste with the lemon juice.

    Cakes & Ale

    Edward Spencer

  • I must also observe that chutnee is excellent with all kinds of broiled devils; a little curry-powder may be introduced.

  • Fancy a high-souled creature, capable of sthetics, giving her mind to soup or the right proportion of chutnee for the curry!

British Dictionary definitions for chutnee


  1. a pickle of Indian origin, made from fruit, vinegar, spices, sugar, etcmango chutney
  2. a type of music popular in the Caribbean Asian community, much influenced by calypso
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Word Origin

C19: from Hindi catni, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for chutnee



1813, from Hindi chatni.

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