chocolate [chaw-kuh-lit, chok-uh-, chawk-lit, chok-] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for chocolate on noun

  1. a preparation of the seeds of cacao, roasted, husked, and ground, often sweetened and flavored, as with vanilla.
  2. a beverage made by dissolving such a preparation in milk or water, served hot or cold: a cup of hot chocolate.
  3. candy made from such a preparation.
  4. an individual piece of this candy.
  5. any syrup or flavoring made from this preparation or artificially imitating its flavor.
  6. a dark brown color.


  1. made, flavored, or covered with chocolate: chocolate cake; chocolate ice cream.
  2. having the color of chocolate; dark-brown.

Origin of chocolate 1595–1605; Spanish Nahuatl chocolātl Related formschoc·o·lat·y, choc·o·lat·ey, adjectiveCan be confusedcacao chocolate coca cocoa coke Related Words for chocolate dessert, confection, snack, candy, chocolate, fawn, ginger, tan, toast, amber, brick, nut, buff, coffee, drab, dust, bronze, bay, ecru, beige Examples from the Web for chocolate Contemporary Examples of chocolate

  • Purely by chance, Anna Coren had landed in Sydney just as the chocolate shop siege began.

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    Lloyd Grove

    December 16, 2014

  • With a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate and cranberries until the dough is well mixed.

    Make These Barefoot Contessa Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

    Ina Garten

    November 28, 2014

  • I had one, small bite of a chocolate cupcake, and was on my ass in an hour.

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    Justin Jones

    November 13, 2014

  • Have we become a nation of Veruca Salts from “Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory,” who are unbearably demanding?

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    November 7, 2014

  • I confess a particular weakness for his chocolate biscuits and pork pate with onion marmalade.

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    Clive Irving

    September 17, 2014

  • Historical Examples of chocolate

  • The third chocolate attendant, in reply, merely lifted his shoulders.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • If you find the chocolate cream too thin, add more maccaroons.

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    Eliza Leslie

  • She sighed, tucked a chocolate into her cheek, and went scowling to the table.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • She picked up a packet of the chocolate and looked at the name of the maker.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • On a table near my bed was a small tray on which were a cup of chocolate and a cake.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • British Dictionary definitions for chocolate chocolate noun

    1. a food preparation made from roasted ground cacao seeds, usually sweetened and flavoured
    2. a drink or sweetmeat made from this
      1. a moderate to deep brown colour
      2. (as adjective)a chocolate carpet

    Derived Formschocolaty, adjectiveWord Origin for chocolate C17: from Spanish, from Aztec xocolatl, from xococ sour, bitter + atl water Word Origin and History for chocolate n.

    c.1600, from Nahuatl xocolatl, possibly from xocolia “to make bitter” + atl “water.” Brought to Spain by 1520, from thence to the rest of Europe. Originally a drink; as a paste or cake made of ground, roasted, sweetened cacao seeds, 1640s.

    To a Coffee-house, to drink jocolatte, very good [Pepys, “Diary,” Nov. 24, 1664].

    As a color from 1776. Chocolate chip is from 1940; chocolatier is attested from 1888.

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