noun, plural pi·men·tos.
- pima cotton,
- pimelic acid,
- pimento cheese,
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.
Well, well, gunpowder or pimento, I'll set fire to it if you don't be civil.Tom Cringle's Log|Michael Scott
For instance, the peas in this salad were left from yesterday's dinner, and the pimento is from that can I opened.
To prepare the salad dressing, mix boiled dressing and pimento oil together and then add the whipped cream.
Some persons give gin, or gin and pepper, or even spirit of pimento, in cases of gripes.Domestic Animals|Richard L. Allen
From the pimento wood he manufactured torches, which served him as a light at night, while he enjoyed its fragrant smell.Notable Voyagers|W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
noun plural -tos
Word Origin 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.