[ pik-uh-lil-ee ]
/ ˈpɪk əˌlɪl i /

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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Examples from the Web for piccalilli

  • The slaw is vaguely like piccalilli or relish, but has a taste and drippy texture like no other.

    The Most American Pit Stop in the U.S.A.|Jane & Michael Stern|July 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • Ah, yes; he was India Pickle, aunt, and you used to call me Piccalilli!

    Tony Butler|Charles James Lever
  • A little Worcestershire sauce or piccalilli improves this considerably.

    The Khaki Kook Book|Mary Kennedy Core
  • Neither,” said Tom, with great dignity; “one was piccalilli, and the other mixed.

    Middy and Ensign|G. Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for piccalilli


/ (ˈpɪkəˌlɪlɪ) /


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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