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1[mass noun] A dark savoury spread made from yeast extract and vegetable extract.
- ‘I always take Marmite and ketchup abroad; I can't travel without my Marmite.’
- ‘What I have found in practice is that people who like to eat Marmite have symptoms that suggest they have too much yeast in their system.’
- ‘My mum used to love Marmite, but I couldn't even stand the smell.’
- ‘They are moving away from the baked beans and Marmite sandwiches-era of old and are demanding far more adventurous fare from their campus canteens, says a new report.’
- ‘Many enjoy a bread spread called Marmite, a dark-colored yeast extract with a salty taste.’
- 1.1 Used in reference to something that tends to arouse strongly positive or negative reactions rather than indifference:‘the styling is ‘Marmite’—some hate it, many love it’‘a proper Marmite sitcom, which people are either utterly loving or totally despising’
- ‘There is a possibility that they'll become the Marmite of Manchester's music scene and half of the local audience will find them impossible to love.’
- ‘Contact lenses are a Marmite issue, some people can deal with the hassle of poking yourself in the eye early in morning before a race, and some can't.’
- ‘He is a Marmite kind of Mayor.’
- ‘He may have been dubbed 'comedy Marmite' but 639,000 fans flocked to see his show.’
- ‘Acknowledging that Art Brut are a marmite band, DiS declares itself in the pro-Art Brut camp with a 9/10 review.’
- ‘They are 'Marmite people'. Very little goes a long way.’
Early 20th century: from marmite.
An earthenware cooking container.
- ‘The evening meal was slowly cooking in a marmite suspended from a hook.’
- ‘The marmitako is a simple dish that fishermen used to cook in a marmite (a small cooking pot);reason for the name, marmitako.’
- ‘A garniture of turnips, carrots and potatoes cut in a tournage are cooked in a marmite till tender and served with the beef and sauces.’
- ‘Place in a marmite, deep casserole or Dutch oven with a tight fitting lid. Then wrap the casserole completely in foil.’
- ‘Heat the olive oil in the marmite, then drain the chick-peas again and add them.’
Early 19th century: French, from Old French marmite hypocritical, with reference to the hidden contents of the lidded pot, from marmotter to mutter + mite cat.
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