Definition of Cayenne in English:

Cayenne

proper noun

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

Pronunciation:

Cayenne

/keɪˈɛn/

Definition of cayenne in English:

cayenne

(also cayenne pepper)

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To make the batter, sift the flour, baking powder and cayenne into a bowl.’
    • ‘Deeply fragrant, it usually contains cardamom, coriander, allspice, cayenne, ginger, cloves and nutmeg and, invariably dried rose petals.’
    • ‘The spices - turmeric, black pepper, coriander, fenugreek, cumin and cayenne - formed something similar to a basic Madras curry powder, missing only the sweeter spices.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

cayenne

/keɪˈɛn/