Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Fermented, roasted, shelled, and ground cacao seeds, often combined with a sweetener or flavoring agent.
  • noun A beverage made by mixing water or milk with chocolate.
  • noun A small, chocolate-covered candy with a hard or soft center.
  • noun A grayish to deep reddish brown to deep grayish brown.
  • adjective Made or flavored with chocolate.
  • adjective Of a grayish to deep reddish brown to deep grayish brown.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A paste or cake composed of the kernels of the Theobroma Cacao, ground and combined with sugar and vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, or other flavoring substance.
  • noun The beverage made by dissolving chocolate in boiling water or milk.
  • Having the color of chocolate; of a dark reddish-brown color: as, chocolate cloth.
  • Made of or flavored with chocolate: as, chocolate cake or ice-cream.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A paste or cake composed of the roasted seeds of the Theobroma Cacao ground and mixed with other ingredients, usually sugar, and cinnamon or vanilla.
  • noun The beverage made by dissolving a portion of the paste or cake in boiling water or milk.
  • noun a house in which customers may be served with chocolate.
  • noun See Cacao.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable A food made from ground roasted cocoa beans
  • noun countable A single, small piece of confectionery made from chocolate
  • noun uncountable A dark, reddish-brown colour/color, like that of chocolate
  • adjective Made of or containing chocolate.
  • adjective Having a dark reddish-brown colour/color.

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

  • noun a medium brown to dark-brown color
  • noun a beverage made from cocoa powder and milk and sugar; usually drunk hot
  • noun a food made from roasted ground cacao beans

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Spanish, from Nahuatl chicolātl, chocolātl, frothy beverage made from water, cornmeal, and ground cacao and kapok tree seeds : probably chicol-, chocol-, of unknown meaning and origin + ātl, water.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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  • The more you look at this word the more it looks like a chemical compound, no?

    December 3, 2006

  • yeah, i never saw it before though

    (prob, cuz i was high on the serotonin

    September 27, 2007

  • )

    September 27, 2007

  • According to the National Confectioners Association, there are no fewer than four National Chocolate Days: July 7, October 28, December 28, and December 29. That doesn't include American Chocolate Week (third week in March) and International Chocolate Day (September 13). Oh, and National White Chocolate Day (September 22), which I don't believe should be celebrated at all. ;-)

    November 8, 2007

  • Contains hot and cocoa.

    April 26, 2008

  • thnx reesete i put not one but all of em on my cal and i agree white choc does suck

    April 29, 2008

  • Well, if you really want to celebrate chocolate, murAM, check out the rest of the holidays. :-)

    April 29, 2008

  • Job for somebody.

    July 24, 2009

  • Milo or Nesquik?

    For me, it's Nesquik on a hot day, and Milo on a cold night, a mix of both on a cold day and a hot night.

    November 30, 2009

  • What's Milo?

    January 20, 2010