from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A condiment consisting of a thick, smooth-textured, spicy sauce usually made from tomatoes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tomato-vinegar based sauce.
- n. Such a sauce more generally (not necessarily based on tomatoes), or a specific brand or kind of such sauce – see usage notes below.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pureed table sauce made predominantly from tomatoes, flavored with onions, sugar, salt and spices; called also tomato ketchup. The term is also applied to pureed sauces containing mushrooms, walnuts, etc., being called in such cases mushroom ketchup, walnut ketchup, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See catchup.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. thick spicy sauce made from tomatoes
Probably Malay kicap, fish sauce, possibly from Chinese (Cantonese) kē-chap, equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) qié, eggplant + Chinese (Mandarin) zhī, sap, gravy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1711, following earlier catchup (1690), of disputed origin. Originally referred to a sauce from South/Southeast/East Asia – 1690: East Indies (region generally); 1711: Tonkin (northern Vietnam) and China. (Wiktionary)