- 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.
- a tree yielding such bark.
- any allied or similar tree.
- a common culinary spice of dried rolled strips of this bark, often made into a powder.
- cassia(def 1).
- a yellowish or reddish brown.
- (of food) containing or flavored with cinnamon.
- reddish-brown or yellowish-brown.
Origin of cinnamon
Related Words for cinnamonfawn, ginger, tan, toast, amber, brick, nut, buff, coffee, drab, dust, bronze, bay, ecru, beige, rust, copper, cinnamon, russet, puce
Examples from the Web for cinnamon
Contemporary Examples of cinnamon
The smell of grilled meat mixes with the exotic wafts of cinnamon tea served with a mush of sweet brown dessert.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
Peppermint party, chocolate, cinnamon: e-cigarettes are beginning to look a lot like Christmas.Teens Are Huge Buyers of Flavored E-Cigs, Studies Show
June 16, 2014
Stewed apples, dusted with cinnamon, are an ideal companion to spicy food.Charlottesville Is Swimming in Finger Lickin’ Gas Station Fried Chicken
Jane & Michael Stern
May 26, 2014
He sprays the glass with some citrus peel and garnishes the cocktail with an organic flower and cinnamon sticks.The Secret Speakeasies of Buenos Aires
February 25, 2014
The sweetness cuts through the usual harshness of Vodka and leaves a cinnamon taste on the tongue.The Appeal of Cinnabon Vodka and the Rise of Flavored Vodkas
November 22, 2013
Historical Examples of cinnamon
Stir in at the last a table-spoonful of mixed nutmeg and cinnamon.
Or you may send the sugar and cinnamon in a little glass bowl.
The store smelled of spice, and the clerk that minute spilled some cinnamon.Tiverton Tales
Put the mince into a quart of boiling milk, with a little butter and salt, cinnamon and sugar, and stir them carefully together.
Boil four ounces of ground rice in milk, with a blade of cinnamon: put it into a pot, and let it stand till the next day.
- a tropical Asian lauraceous tree, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, having aromatic yellowish-brown bark
- the spice obtained from the bark of this tree, used for flavouring food and drink
- Saigon cinnamon an E Asian lauraceous tree, Cinnamomum loureirii, the bark of which is used as a cordial and to relieve flatulence
- any of several similar or related trees or their barkSee cassia (def. 2)
- a light yellowish brown
- (as modifier)a cinnamon coat
Word Origin for cinnamon
late 14c., from Old French cinnamone (13c.), from Latin cinnamum, cinnamomum "cinnamon" (also used as a term of endearment), from Greek kinnamomon, from a Phoenician word akin to Hebrew qinnamon. Stripped from the bark of a tree in the avocado family. Ceylon cinnamon, the true cinnamon, is used in Britain, but American cinnamon is almost always from the related cassia tree of Southeast Asia and is stronger and sweeter.