[kim-uh l; German ky-muh l]


a colorless cordial or liqueur flavored with cumin, caraway seeds, etc., made especially in the Baltic area.
Leyden cheese containing caraway seeds.

Origin of kümmel

1880–85; < German Kümmel, Old High German kumil, apparently dissimilated variant of kumin cumin
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Examples from the Web for kummel

Historical Examples of kummel

  • From a German bake shop get the bread, either "Kummel," (which is rye with caraway seeds), or Pumpernickel.


    Paul Pierce

  • Sarelli lifted the kummel bottle and emptied it into his glass, with a steady hand.

  • She never had to sit long in front of the little glass which she discovered to be kummel; the waiter always brought it unasked.

    A Bed of Roses

    W. L. George

  • He insisted upon drinking three glasses of kummel—why had they not poured in maple sirup?

  • Kummel—both,” he said to the waiter, and turned his attention to a little paper packet he had taken from his pocket.

British Dictionary definitions for kummel



a German liqueur flavoured with aniseed and cumin

Word Origin for kümmel

C19: from German Kümmel, from Old High German kumil, probably variant of kumin cumin
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