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[chaw-kuh-lit, chok-uh-, chawk-lit, chok-] /ˈtʃɔ kə lɪt, ˈtʃɒk ə-, ˈtʃɔk lɪt, ˈtʃɒk-/
a preparation of the seeds of cacao, roasted, husked, and ground, often sweetened and flavored, as with vanilla.
a beverage made by dissolving such a preparation in milk or water, served hot or cold:
a cup of hot chocolate.
candy made from such a preparation.
an individual piece of this candy.
any syrup or flavoring made from this preparation or artificially imitating its flavor.
a dark brown color.
made, flavored, or covered with chocolate:
chocolate cake; chocolate ice cream.
having the color of chocolate; dark-brown.
Origin of chocolate
1595-1605; < Spanish < Nahuatl chocolātl
Related forms
chocolaty, chocolatey, adjective
Can be confused
cacao, chocolate, coca, cocoa, coke. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chocolate
  • Truffles, the chocolate kind, usually have creamy ganache centers.
  • Finally, you can also dress it up a bit with chocolate chips once it's cooled.
  • The chocolate shop on the ground floor beckons with all sorts of heavenly aromas.
  • Satisfying your craving for chocolate is easy, no matter where you are in the world.
  • Gold-frosted chocolate leaves dress up holiday desserts.
  • The result is something that looks as if it were partially dipped in chocolate.
  • Gimmicks don't often mix well with the art of making chocolate.
  • My diet doesn't need chocolate bars because it's about nutrition.
  • Melt chocolate in a pot or a microwave and have students dip marshmallows into the chocolate.
  • Studies abound detailing the effects of chocolate on our nervous systems.
British Dictionary definitions for chocolate


/ˈtʃɒkəlɪt; ˈtʃɒklɪt; -lət/
a food preparation made from roasted ground cacao seeds, usually sweetened and flavoured
a drink or sweetmeat made from this
  1. a moderate to deep brown colour
  2. (as adjective): a chocolate carpet
Derived Forms
chocolaty, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish, from Aztec xocolatl, from xococ sour, bitter + atl water
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Word Origin and History for chocolate

c.1600, from Nahuatl xocolatl, possibly from xocolia "to make bitter" + atl "water." Brought to Spain by 1520, from thence to the rest of Europe. Originally a drink; as a paste or cake made of ground, roasted, sweetened cacao seeds, 1640s.

To a Coffee-house, to drink jocolatte, very good [Pepys, "Diary," Nov. 24, 1664].
As a color from 1776. Chocolate chip is from 1940; chocolatier is attested from 1888.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chocolate



Opium; big o (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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