[pa-pree-kuh, puh-, pah-, pap-ri-kuh]


a red, powdery condiment derived from dried, ripe sweet peppers.


cooked or seasoned with paprika.

Origin of paprika

1895–1900; < Hungarian < Serbo-Croatian pàprika pepper, paprika, derivative of pȁpar ground pepper < Slavic *pĭprŭ, *pĭprĭ (compare OCS pĭprŭ, Slovene péper, Czech pepř, Polish pieprz) ≪ Latin piper pepper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a mild powdered seasoning made from a sweet variety of red pepper
the fruit or plant from which this seasoning is obtained

Word Origin for paprika

C19: via Hungarian from Serbo-Croat, from papar pepper
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Word Origin and History for paprika

1896, from German Paprika, from Hungarian paprika, a diminutive from Serbo-Croatian papar "pepper," from Latin piper or Modern Greek piperi (see pepper (n.)). A condiment made from a New World plant, grown by the Turks at Buda from 1529.

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