Definitions

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  • 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

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

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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