Definition of chocolate in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A food in the form of a paste or solid block made from roasted and ground cacao seeds, typically sweetened and eaten as confectionery.

    ‘a bar of chocolate’
    [as modifier] ‘a chocolate biscuit’
    • ‘So that's the banned list, and the general ground rules for chocolate treat inclusion.’
    • ‘Sumptuous chocolate confectons like Sacher tortes carry the perfume of decadence.’
    • ‘The squillionair was a combination of biscuit, toffee, chocolate with an icing decoration.’
    • ‘The packed lunches were found to be high in fat because of crisps, chocolate bars, biscuits and the amount of butter and margarine used.’
    • ‘We went to M&S to buy cookies and chocolate cornflake cakes to share with the team, and munched them with mugs of hot tea.’
    • ‘The only foods previously available were chocolate bars, candy, potato chips and pop.’
    • ‘Another delicacy known as ‘truffle’ belongs to the realm of chocolate confectionery.’
    • ‘Alternatively, I could have selected muesli cookie, Dundee cake, chocolate cake or even shortbread.’
    • ‘For comfort food I don't think anything can beat a good old plain Cadbury's chocolate bar.’
    • ‘There was roast chicken for dinner, and chocolate ice-cream for dessert, washed down with good fresh water.’
    • ‘She was also banned from eating potassium-rich food including chocolate, mince pies and fruit.’
    • ‘After many hours without food, that first chocolate bar from the rescue team tasted really good.’
    • ‘It is these dried beans, with their yeasty aroma, that are roasted and processed into chocolate.’
    • ‘It's sunny and bright and an endless source of conversation over tea and chocolate biscuits.’
    • ‘With its higher percentages of cocoa solids and cocoa butter, this is what hard-core chocolate craving is all about.’
    • ‘The choices were biscotti, muffins, quick bread, chocolate cake, and cookies.’
    • ‘Look, you do not need to coat the bottom of a chocolate chip cookie with chocolate.’
    • ‘He has also taken his first solid foods - chocolate buttons, mashed potatoes and gravy.’
    • ‘She enjoys Italian food, chocolate biscuits and reading endless amounts of books.’
    • ‘There was no running water and the only food available was chocolate from the theatre bar.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]A sweet made of or covered with chocolate.
      ‘a box of chocolates’
      • ‘He went into his bedroom and produced a box of expensive chocolates she guessed he'd been saving for Marlene.’
      • ‘Queen Mary had a very sweet tooth and always had a big box of chocolates beside her as she worked on her embroidery.’
      • ‘They sent me a two pound box of chocolates for my birthday, which is later this week.’
      • ‘Like a box of good chocolates, I prefer a restrained approach to a book, savouring no more than one or two chapters a day.’
      • ‘The bowl was the size of a child's head, and was filled to the brim with chocolates and candy.’
      • ‘Joy, whose family owns a cocoa plantation in Trinidad, makes her own chocolates by hand.’
      • ‘They are generous too - give them a box of chocolates and they will tend to share them all and not leave one for themselves.’
      • ‘After our talk, the raffle was drawn and the lucky ones won Easter Eggs or chocolates.’
      • ‘All we were offered were packets of sweet custard creams and chocolates.’
      • ‘He was the one handing out sweets and chocolates to children in Srebrenica.’
      • ‘Sweets and chocolates are a must and should form a part of the gift you plan to give the kid.’
      • ‘Lora, who has been going out with Matthew for a year, has been sending him parcels of chocolates and sweets.’
      • ‘Today I got a card and box of chocolates from R when I didn't expect anything.’
      • ‘When I was five, she bought me chocolates and chewing gum and we talked about cricket.’
      • ‘If the message is not getting through to your children, join in with their interest in sweets and chocolates for a few days.’
      • ‘When folk from work have been away on holiday, they leave indigenous sweets and chocolates on the desk next to me.’
      • ‘He is also working with Blumenthal on chocolates flavoured with the essence of fresh mown grass and leather.’
      • ‘You have to get a second mortgage in order to buy a small box of chocolates.’
      • ‘After all, they say life is a box of chocolates, but never have I seen life as being sweet.’
      • ‘Western countries have cocoa butter in their chocolates which is superior health wise.’
    2. 1.2Hot chocolate.
      ‘I drink chocolate because it is so soothing’
      • ‘Caffeine is a common ingredient in beverages such as coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks and cocoa.’
      • ‘Do you drink chocolate to escape from worries or trouble?’
      • ‘I got up, made myself a steaming mug of chocolate and the cats a saucer of warmed Carnation milk and we sat in the kitchen all crowded up close to one another until the wind died down a little.’
      • ‘After cleaning and polishing our fly lines, I had a mug of chocolate then crawled inside my sleeping bag.’
      • ‘After taking a nice warm shower, she made herself a cup of chocolate and settled down to do her homework.’
    3. 1.3A deep brown colour.
      ‘the former Great Western colours of chocolate and cream’
      [as modifier] ‘his chocolate brown eyes’
      • ‘Caramel, chestnut brown, chocolate and bright colours such as pink, blue and green are on the way.’
      • ‘Her hair was a deep chocolate brown, held up in high pigtails with small, curving bangs.’
      • ‘It was a deep, chocolate brown that contrasted perfectly with his silky, flawless skin.’
      • ‘Her eyes were a deep chocolate brown, and she paused momentarily to pull a stray strand of hair out of them.’
      • ‘A chocolate brown chair beside it appears to have a light sprinkling of dandruff.’
      • ‘What was wrong with deep chocolate brown, or a lighter green to the usual wheelies?’
      • ‘I am sitting right at the back of the room, in my customary chocolate brown polo neck sweater, head bowed.’
      • ‘The agony and shame in his face, in his deep chocolate brown orbs, drunk or not, was real.’
      • ‘His eyes are this deep chocolate brown color, the type you could lose your mind in.’
      • ‘Cysts are also likely to grow within the ovaries and these cysts are chocolate brown in colour.’
      • ‘For instant sex appeal, create a feline eye in black eye pencil, or chocolate brown for those with paler colourings.’
      • ‘His hair was a chocolate brown colour with a few blonde streaks through it, spiked up slightly.’
      • ‘Her hair was short, and a deep chocolate brown with a reddish tinge where the light hit it.’
      • ‘The creature is said to be about 5ft, chocolate brown or orange and able to walk upright.’
      • ‘Pretty, slender features and a chocolate brown colouring belie the fatty marbled meat within.’
      • ‘The room had a determinedly seventies look about it, the woodwork in chocolate brown, the carpet a rich purple.’
      • ‘I'm going to get her some chocolate coloured tights and see if I can find some chocolate brown gloves for her to wear with it.’
      • ‘His eyes met with another pair of a deep chocolate brown, yet their gaze wasn't focused on him but on the books before her.’
      • ‘Anna had dirty blonde hair that reached down to her elbows and deep chocolate brown eyes.’
      • ‘They are born chocolate brown, but that color lightens to a red or sandy color as they mature.’


Early 17th century (in the sense ‘a drink made with chocolate’): from French chocolat or Spanish chocolate, from Nahuatl chocolatl food made from cacao seeds, influenced by unrelated cacaua-atl drink made from cacao.