Definitions

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

  • n. A Korean dish made of vegetables, such as cabbage or radishes, that are salted, seasoned, and stored in sealed containers to undergo lactic acid fermentation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Korean dish made of vegetables, such as cabbage or radishes, that are salted, seasoned, and stored in sealed containers to undergo lactic acid fermentation.
  • n. A Korean person.

Etymologies

Korean kimch'i, from Old Korean timchoi : Middle Chinese trhim, to soak, steep + Middle Chinese tshoj, tshaj, vegetable, greens.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Korean 김치 (gimchi) (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • This is excellent in winter!

    October 12, 2007

  • The kimchi refrigerator debuted in 1995 and quickly became a very popular appliance in Korea. No special word for it, but in Hangul the phrase is 김치냉장고. More information here and here.

    October 12, 2007

  • I'm told that many Koreans have a separate refrigerator for kimchi. Does anyone know if they have a special word for it?

    October 12, 2007

  • Frankly, I'm not a fan, although I do appreciate the creativity it took to say, "hey, let's take that delicious, crispy cabbage and soak it in yucky vinegar for several months," similar to the creativity it requires to keep a sentence aloft through endless phrases, clauses, and comma-splices, like a balloon batted aloft by a group of bored adolescents late at night.

    That was so illegal. :)

    October 12, 2007

  • spicy!

    October 12, 2007