chocolate

[17] Chocolate is one of the contributions made to English by the Nahuatl language of the Aztec people. Their xocolatl was a compound noun formed from xococ ‘bitter’ and atl ‘water’, and therefore when first adopted by European languages (via Spanish) it was used for the drink ‘chocolate’. This was its original sense in English, and it was not for half a century or more that it came to be applied to solid, edible ‘chocolate’.
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   The word came to English, through Spanish, from Aztec xocolatl, literally 'bitter water,' from xococ, 'sour,' 'bitter,' and atl, 'water.' The drink was made from cacao seeds, and was the forerunner of modern cocoa. (Chocolate, cacao and cocoa are all related words.)

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • chocolaté — chocolaté, ée [ ʃɔkɔlate ] adj. • 1771; de chocolat ♦ Parfumé au chocolat. ⇒ cacaoté. Bouillie chocolatée. ● chocolaté, chocolatée adjectif Qui contient du chocolat. chocolaté, ée adj. Contenant du chocolat, parfumé au chocolat …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • chocolate — (Etim. disc.); cf. nahua xocoatl, de xoco, amargo, y atl, agua). 1. m. Pasta hecha con cacao y azúcar molidos, a la que generalmente se añade canela o vainilla. 2. Bebida que se hace de esta pasta desleída y cocida en agua o en leche. 3. coloq.… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • chocolate — [chôk′lət, chäk′lət; chôk′ə lət, chäk′ələt] n. [? via Fr chocolat < Sp chocolate < Nahuatl čokola:λ] 1. a paste, powder, syrup, or bar made from cacao seeds that have been roasted and ground 2. a drink made of chocolate, hot milk or water,… …   English World dictionary

  • Chocolate — Choc o*late, n. [Sp., fr. the Mexican name of the cacao. Cf. {Cacao}, {Cocoa}.] 1. A paste or cake composed of the roasted seeds of the {Theobroma Cacao} ground and mixed with other ingredients, usually sugar, and cinnamon or vanilla. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chocolate — ► NOUN 1) a food made from roasted and ground cacao seeds, typically sweetened and eaten as confectionery. 2) a sweet covered with chocolate. 3) a drink made by mixing milk or water with chocolate. 4) a deep brown colour. DERIVATIVES chocolatey… …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 cacao seeds, 1640s. To a Coffee house, to …   Etymology dictionary

  • chocolate — s. m. 1. Pasta alimentícia de cacau e açúcar, com canela ou baunilha. 2. Bebida que se faz com ela …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • Chocolate — For other uses, see Chocolate (disambiguation). Chocolate most commonly comes in dark, milk, and white varieties, with cocoa solids contributing to the …   Wikipedia

  • Chocolate — Para otros usos de este término, véase Chocolate (desambiguación). Distintos tipos de chocolates. El chocolate (náhuatl: xocolatl )? es el alimento que se obtiene mezclando azúcar con dos productos derivados de la manipul …   Wikipedia Español

  • chocolate — chocolaty, adj. /chaw keuh lit, chok euh , chawk lit, chok /, n. 1. a preparation of the seeds of cacao, roasted, husked, and ground, often sweetened and flavored, as with vanilla. 2. a beverage made by dissolving such a preparation in milk or… …   Universalium

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