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[pa-pree-kuh, puh-, pah-, pap-ri-kuh] /pæˈpri kə, pə-, pɑ-, ˈpæp rɪ kə/
a red, powdery condiment derived from dried, ripe sweet peppers.
cooked or seasoned with paprika.
Origin of paprika
1895-1900; < Hungarian < Serbo-Croatian pàprika pepper, paprika, derivative of pȁpar ground pepper < Slavic *pĭprŭ, *pĭprĭ (compare OCS pĭprŭ, Slovene péper, Czech pepř, Polish pieprz) ≪ Latin piper pepper Unabridged
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Examples from the web for paprika
  • Sprinkle with hot water and pinches of sea salt and paprika.
  • Last year one of the big trends was clearly smoked paprika.
  • paprika contributes a spicy edge to this sweet, comforting gratin.
  • One example of this would be the addition of paprika to ground beef or cuts of meat.
  • Pour melted butter and lemon juice over fish and sprinkle with paprika.
  • The cigarette beetle feeds on a variety of stored products such as paprika, chili, and dried dog food.
  • Pour into a low bowl, sprinkle with chopped parsley or dust with paprika and garnish with radish roses and scallion brushes.
British Dictionary definitions for paprika


/ˈpæprɪkə; pæˈpriː-/
a mild powdered seasoning made from a sweet variety of red pepper
the fruit or plant from which this seasoning is obtained
Word Origin
C19: via Hungarian from Serbo-Croat, from paparpepper
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Word Origin and History for paprika

1896, from German Paprika, from Hungarian paprika, a diminutive from Serbo-Croatian papar "pepper," from Latin piper or Modern Greek piperi (see pepper (n.)). A condiment made from a New World plant, grown by the Turks at Buda from 1529.

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