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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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Historical Examples of chutney

  • I still have to confess that I do not see what there is to fight about in the matter of chutney.

    In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories

    Robert Barr

  • Now you understand that I want chutney, and chutney I am going to have.

  • It is not that we care for chutney at all, but that we simply are bound to have it.

  • If there were a bottle of chutney at every table, the delights of chutney would be gone.

  • I am sorry that I have no cards about me, but my name in Chutney.

    The River of Darkness

    William Murray Graydon

British Dictionary definitions for chutney


  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 for chutney

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


1813, from Hindi chatni.

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