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

  • noun A thick soup containing fish or shellfish, especially clams, and vegetables, such as potatoes and onions, in a milk or tomato base.
  • noun A soup similar to this seafood dish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make a chowder of: as, to chowder fish.
  • noun A dish of fish or clams boiled with biscuits or crackers, pork, potatoes, onions, etc., and variously seasoned. It is common among the fishermen on the banks of Newfoundland and in New England.
  • noun A picnic party, especially at the sea-shore, at which the main dish is chowder. See def. 1.
  • noun A fish-seller. Halliwell.

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

  • transitive verb To make a chowder of.
  • noun (Cookery) A dish made of fresh fish or clams, biscuit, onions, etc., stewed together.
  • noun Prov. Eng. A seller of fish.
  • noun a liquor made by boiling black spruce in water and mixing molasses with the decoction.

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

  • noun A thick, creamy soup or stew.
  • noun A stew, particularly fish or seafood, not necessarily thickened.

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

  • noun a thick soup or stew made with milk and bacon and onions and potatoes


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

[French chaudière, stew pot, from Old French, from Late Latin caldāria; see cauldron.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably from French chaudière ("pot"), from chaud ("hot") (also related to the Latin caldaria and English cauldron). Possibly from Old English jowter ("fish monger").



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