Main definitions of cayenne in English

: cayenne1Cayenne2

cayenne1

(also cayenne pepper)

noun

mass noun
  • A pungent hot-tasting red powder prepared from ground dried chilli peppers.

    • ‘The spices - turmeric, black pepper, coriander, fenugreek, cumin and cayenne - formed something similar to a basic Madras curry powder, missing only the sweeter spices.’
    • ‘To make the batter, sift the flour, baking powder and cayenne into a bowl.’
    • ‘Melt the butter in a large pot, then add the onion, celery, leek, curry powder, cayenne pepper, bay leaves, thyme and saffron.’
    • ‘The powerful combination of cayenne and black pepper with Tabasco does make a great difference.’
    • ‘Deeply fragrant, it usually contains cardamom, coriander, allspice, cayenne, ginger, cloves and nutmeg and, invariably dried rose petals.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from Tupi kyynha, quiynha, later associated with Cayenne.

Pronunciation

cayenne

/keɪˈɛn/

Main definitions of cayenne in English

: cayenne1Cayenne2

Cayenne2

proper noun

  • The capital and chief port of French Guiana; population 63,000 (est. 2007).

Pronunciation

Cayenne

/keɪˈɛn/