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[chou-der] /ˈtʃaʊ dər/
a thick soup or stew made of clams, fish, or vegetables, with potatoes, onions, and other ingredients and seasonings.
Origin of chowder
1735-45, Americanism; < French chaudière pot, kettle < Late Latin caldāria cauldron Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chowder
  • Likewise, the haddock tart was at once runny and lumpy-thin chowder spilled over a pastry shell.
  • Dining in the region offers specialties such as lobster and clam chowder, as well as many other types of cuisine.
  • The swordfish stew and clam chowder are local favorites.
  • Fish and chips, seafood rolls and homemade chowder is also available.
  • Area restaurants and caterers compete for the best clam chowder recipe.
  • While taking a break from whale watching, travelers can enjoy clam chowder, hot dogs and pizza on the ship.
  • The conch fritters and seafood chowder are menu favorites.
  • The menu offers small plate items such as carnitas tacos, corn chowder and squash blossom quesadillas.
  • The restaurant features live music on the patio and is popular for its lobster bisque soup and clam chowder.
  • According to anecdotal stories, a cauldron of fish chowder was always cooking in the galley of fishing boats.
British Dictionary definitions for chowder


a thick soup or stew containing clams or fish
Word Origin
C18: from French chaudière kettle, from Late Latin caldāria; see cauldron
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Word Origin and History for chowder

1751, American English, apparently named for the pot it was cooked in: French chaudière "a pot" (12c.), from Late Latin caldaria (see caldron). The word and the practice introduced in Newfoundland by Breton fishermen, and spreading thence to New England.

CHOWDER. A favorite dish in New England, made of fish, pork, onions, and biscuit stewed together. Cider and champagne are sometimes added. Pic-nic parties to the sea-shore generally have a dish of chowder, prepared by themselves in some grove near the beach, from fish caught at the same time. [John Russell Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1859]
The derogatory chowderhead (1819) is a corruption of cholter-head (16c.), from jolthead, of unknown origin.

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