[ pep-er-kawrn ]
/ ˈpɛp ərˌkɔrn /


the berry of the pepper plant, Piper nigrum, dried and used as a condiment, in pickling, etc.
anything very small or insignificant.


(of hair) growing in tight spirals.

Origin of peppercorn

before 1000; Middle English pepercorn; Old English piporcorn. See pepper, corn1

Related forms

pep·per·corn·ish, pep·per·corn·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peppercorn


/ (ˈpɛpəˌkɔːn) /


the small dried berry of the pepper plant (Piper nigrum)
something trifling
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