chocolate

See also: chocolaté

EnglishEdit

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chocolate (confectionery)

EtymologyEdit

Often said to come from Nahuatl xocolātl (e.g. American Heritage Dictionary 2000) or chocolatl (e.g. dictionary.com 2006), which would be derived from xococ (bitter), and ātl (water), (with an irregular change of x to ch). However, the form xocolatl is not directly attested, and chocolatl does not appear in Nahuatl until the mid-18th century. Dakin and Wichmann (2000) propose that the chocol- element refers to a special wooden stick used to prepare chocolate, and suggest the correct etymology to be chicolātl, a word found in several modern Nahuatl dialects. Yet another theory is that the prefix came from Yucatec Maya chocol, hot.

In any case, the word chocolate reached English via Spanish and probably had something to do with Nahuatl ātl (water).

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NounEdit

chocolate (countable and uncountable, plural chocolates)

  1. (uncountable) A food made from ground roasted cocoa beans
    Chocolate is a very popular treat.
  2. (uncountable) A drink made by dissolving this food in boiling milk
  3. (countable) A single, small piece of confectionery made from chocolate
    He bought her some chocolates as a gift.
  4. (uncountable) A dark, reddish-brown colour/color, like that of chocolate
    As he cooked it the whole thing turned a rich, deep chocolate.
    chocolate colour:    

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AdjectiveEdit

chocolate (comparative more chocolate, superlative most chocolate)

  1. Made of or containing chocolate.
  2. Having a dark reddish-brown colour/color.

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • chocolate” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • 2000, Karen Dakin, Søren Wichmann, ‘Cacao and Chocolate: An Uto-Aztec perspective’, Ancient Mesoamerica, vol. 11, pages 55–75.
  • 1983, Frances Karttunen, An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl (University of Texas Press), page 54.

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AsturianEdit

NounEdit

chocolate m (plural chocolates)

  1. Alternative form of chicolate.

FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

chocolate (Should we delete(+) this sense?)

  1. feminine form of chocolat

VerbEdit

chocolate

  1. first-person singular present indicative of chocolater
  2. third-person singular present indicative of chocolater
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of chocolater
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of chocolater

GalicianEdit

NounEdit

chocolate m (plural chocolates)

  1. chocolate

InterlinguaEdit

NounEdit

chocolate (plural chocolates)

  1. chocolate

PortugueseEdit

chocolate

EtymologyEdit

From Spanish chocolate, from Classical Nahuatl, possibly from xocolātl or chocolātl (a late attestation), though the etymology is unclear. See chocolate.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

chocolate m (plural chocolates)

  1. chocolate

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SpanishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Classical Nahuatl, possibly from xocolātl or chocolātl (a late attestation), though the etymology is unclear. See chocolate.

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NounEdit

chocolate m (plural chocolates)

  1. chocolate (food made from cocoa beans; confectionery)
  2. (slang) hash

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