Origin of pimento
Examples from the Web for pimento
Pimento cheese is a southern favorite that could only have been conceived in heaven.
Not least among Palmetto State glories is the pimento cheeseburger.
Nearly all pimento cheeseburgers served today come like this: fully dressed.
In the last few decades, pimento cheeseburgers have become popular throughout the South.
To a quart of vinegar put an ounce of white pepper, an ounce of sliced ginger, a little mace and pimento, all boiled together.
Place portions of tomato, cucumber and pimento on the lettuce.
Mix the cheese, pimento, green pepper and paprika thoroughly.
Pimento (peculiar to Jamaica) is indigenous, and furnishes the allspice.
Well, well, gunpowder or pimento, I'll set fire to it if you don't be civil.Tom Cringle's Log
Word Origin and History for pimento
1680s, pimiento (modern form from 1718), from Spanish pimiento "green or red pepper," also pimienta "black pepper," from Late Latin pigmenta, plural of pigmentum "vegetable juice," from Latin pigmentum "pigment" (see pigment (n.)). So called because it added a dash of color to food or drink.
[I]n med.L. spiced drink, hence spice, pepper (generally), Sp. pimiento, Fr. piment are applied to Cayenne or Guinea pepper, capsicum; in Eng. the name has passed to allspice or Jamaica pepper. [OED]
The piece of red sweet pepper stuffed in a pitted olive so called from 1918, earlier pimiento (1901), from Spanish. French piment is from Spanish.