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definition of the word chocolate

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chocolate (confectionery)

Often said to come from Nahuatl xocolatl (e.g. American Heritage Dictionary 2000) or chocolatl (e.g. dictionary.com 2006), which would be derived from xococ, bitter, and atl, water, (with an irregular change of x to ch). Dakin and Wichmann (2000) propose that the chocol- element refers to a special wooden stick used to prepare chocolate.

However, the form xocolatl is not directly attested, and chocolatl does not appear in Nahuatl until the mid-18th century, which may indicate another origin. The word may come instead from a Mayan language.

In any case, the word chocolate reached English via Spanish.

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countable and uncountable; chocolates

chocolate (countable and uncountable; plural chocolates)

  1. (uncountable) A food made from ground roasted cocoa beans.
    Chocolate is a very popular treat.
  2. (countable) A single, small piece of confectionery made from chocolate.
    He bought her some chocolates as a gift.
  3. (uncountable, color) A dark, reddish-brown colour/color, like that of chocolate.
    As he cooked it the whole thing turned a rich deep chocolate.
    chocolate colour:    

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