Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A sticky, dark brown, strongly flavoured spread based on a yeast extract (a by-product of beer brewing), eaten on toast, in sandwiches, etc.
  • n. Something which people either love or hate
  • v. To apply Marmite to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pot; a kettle; specifically, an earthenware pot in which soup is made and served.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. soup cooked in a large pot
  • n. a large pot especially one with legs used e.g. for cooking soup

Etymologies

French marmite. The common noun sense derives from an advertising campaign featuring the slogan "love it or hate it". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's what I term Marmite architecture - you either love it or you hate it, there's no in between, "Black said.

    The Guardian World News

  • I had a bit of an accident in Marmite today, but I'm thankful.

    The Driving Rain « Barefoot in the Kitchen

  • She also discovered Marmite, which is a yeasty, salty spread like Vegemite, and Hob-Nobs, a tasty chocolate-covered cracker.

    Podium Cafe

  • PR guru Simon Lewis, master of the so-called Marmite Jar strategy, has been brought in to help Gordon Brown.

    WN.com - Business News

  • Then, of course, there are the so-called Marmite blogs - the ones you either love or hate.

    Iain Dale's Diary

  • The admirable BBC radio presenter Peter Allen described it as a 'Marmite' sport, either loved or hated, and although I gently point out that his own precious golf is hardly 'milk chocolate', and adored by all, he makes a fair point.

    Sport news, comment and results | guardian.co.uk

  • Geri Halliwell has compared Victoria Beckham to "Marmite".

    All - Digital Spy - Entertainment and Media News

  • Opinion polls suggest David Miliband will gain the most first preference votes from Labour members - under the complex electoral college system the party uses to elect its leaders - but he may struggle to pick up second and third preferences, leading to claims he is the "Marmite" candidate - people either love him or hate him.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • "Marmite" o wleidydd - yn rhyw un i'w gasáu neu i'w ddwli arno, yn ôl eich chwaeth.

    BBC Blog Network

  • "Marmite", on the album, is probably not a paean to the yeast-flavoured ointment we Brits rub on our toast, however, but Cockney rhyming slang for "rubbish" (via "talking shite").

    Culture | guardian.co.uk

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