Definition of piccalilli in English:



  • [mass noun] A pickle of chopped vegetables, mustard, and hot spices.

    ‘chutneys, piccalillies, and relishes’
    [mass noun] ‘sixteen pints of mustard piccalilli’
    • ‘This sweet piccalilli is delicious with cheese, cold meats and especially pork pies.’
    • ‘When I was working in London we started to make our own piccalilli – which is, in fact, very simple to do – and used it in sandwiches.’
    • ‘A pressed slab of ham hock and foie gras were correct enough and their accompanying home-made piccalilli was bravely sour.’
    • ‘Good piccalilli is something you can't buy factory-made – it's never really successful. So, why not make your own?’
    • ‘This was served with some kicking homemade piccalilli.’
    • ‘From this month you can buy direct their organic all-year-round storecupboard supplies along with seasonal delights like gooseberry confiture, tomato and basil jelly and summer garden piccalilli.’
    • ‘The original Piccalilli recipe dates back to English cookery in the mid 18th Century.’
    • ‘The menu takes in items as diverse as tiger prawn kebab with piccalilli, wild boar sausages, and duck and pickled cucumber on focaccia.’
    • ‘The quiet guitarist stooped in the gutter to pick up a bag of frozen chicken wings, a pack of custard creams and a small jar of piccalilli.’
    • ‘To the many satisfied customers who buy her prized homemade piccalilli it does not matter where the ingredients have come from.’
    • ‘Serve the lamb in toasted pitta breads with the piccalilli and salad leaves.’
    • ‘I haven't even made my usual jars of piccalilli or sweetcorn relish to have with the Christmas ham.’
    • ‘I enjoyed a very coarse ‘country terrine’ barded with a slice of something as thick as a steak, and served with mild home-made piccalilli.’
    • ‘He was accused of submitting claims for ‘inappropriate’ items, including metal fruit baskets, plastic holders for bathroom utensils, and even jars of piccalilli.’
    • ‘Traditionally, all the vegetables in a piccalilli are salted, but I find the flavours are punchy enough, so I skip this stage.’
    relish, chutney, chow chow, piccalilli, sauerkraut
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Mid 18th century: probably from a blend of pickle and chilli.