[ sin-uh-muhn ]
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  1. the aromatic inner bark of any of several East Indian trees belonging to the genus Cinnamonum, of the laurel family, especially the bark of C. zeylanicum(Ceylon cinnamon ), used as a spice, or that of C. loureirii(Saigon cinnamon ), used in medicine as a cordial and carminative.

  2. a tree yielding such bark.

  1. any allied or similar tree.

  2. a common culinary spice of dried rolled strips of this bark, often made into a powder.

  3. a yellowish or reddish brown.

  1. (of food) containing or flavored with cinnamon.

  2. reddish-brown or yellowish-brown.

Origin of cinnamon

1400–50; <Latin <Late Greek kínnamon<Semitic (compare Hebrew qinnāmōn); replacing late Middle English cinamome<Middle French <Latin cinnamōmum<Greek kinnámōmon<Semitic as above

Other words from cinnamon

  • cin·na·moned, adjective
  • cin·na·mon·ic [sin-uh-mon-ik], /ˌsɪn əˈmɒn ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for cinnamon


/ (ˈsɪnəmən) /

  1. a tropical Asian lauraceous tree, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, having aromatic yellowish-brown bark

  2. the spice obtained from the bark of this tree, used for flavouring food and drink

  1. Saigon cinnamon an E Asian lauraceous tree, Cinnamomum loureirii, the bark of which is used as a cordial and to relieve flatulence

  2. any of several similar or related trees or their bark: See cassia (def. 2)

    • a light yellowish brown

    • (as modifier): a cinnamon coat

Origin of cinnamon

C15: from Old French cinnamome, via Latin and Greek, from Hebrew qinnamown

Derived forms of cinnamon

  • cinnamic or cinnamonic (ˌsɪnəˈmɒnɪk), adjective

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