noun, plural pic·ca·lil·lis.

a pungent relish of East Indian origin, made of chopped vegetables, mustard, vinegar, and hot spices.

Origin of piccalilli

1760–70; earlier piccalillo Indian pickle; obscurely akin to pickle1
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Historical Examples of piccalilli

  • Ah, yes; he was India Pickle, aunt, and you used to call me Piccalilli!

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • Neither,” said Tom, with great dignity; “one was piccalilli, and the other mixed.

    Middy and Ensign

    G. Manville Fenn

  • Green tomato pickles, chow chow, piccalilli carry the piquant tang of the tomato to enliven the winter table.

    The Tomato

    Paul Work

  • A little Worcestershire sauce or piccalilli improves this considerably.

    The Khaki Kook Book

    Mary Kennedy Core

British Dictionary definitions for piccalilli



a pickle of mixed vegetables, esp onions, cauliflower, and cucumber, in a mustard sauce

Word Origin for piccalilli

C18 piccalillo, perhaps a coinage based on pickle
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Word Origin and History for piccalilli

"pickle of chopped vegetables," 1769, piccalillo, perhaps a fanciful elaboration of pickle. Spelling with an -i attested from 1845.

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