Definition of caramel in English:



  • 1Sugar or syrup heated until it turns brown, used as a flavoring or coloring for food or drink.

    ‘an apple dipped in caramel’
    [as modifier] ‘caramel ice cream’
    • ‘Return to high heat and stir until caramel sauce comes to a rolling boil, 1 to 2 minutes.’
    • ‘Bring to the boil to make the caramel, which should be a golden tan colour.’
    • ‘One of the trio of caramel desserts would suffice.’
    • ‘Cover the bottom of each ramekin with some reserved caramel and set aside in the refrigerator until set, about two minutes.’
    • ‘Cosi adds caramel to its hot apple cider, which tastes like ‘hot liquid homemade apple pie.’’
    • ‘The skinned nuts are cooked with a syrup boiled to the caramel stage.’
    • ‘Heat until melted, stirring occasionally (chopsticks do a good job) until caramel is smooth, about 10 minutes.’
    • ‘We gorged ourselves on boardwalk treats: caramel apples, cotton candy, salt water taffy, hot waffles and ice cream.’
    • ‘Dip apples into hot caramel and turn until completely coated.’
    • ‘For the final course, I made a caramelized apple and fennel tart with caramel sauce and lemon custard ice cream.’
    • ‘Both caramel and sugar syrup are legal and freely discussed additives.’
    • ‘My dessert was an apple tarte tatin with caramel ice cream, and it is one of the best desserts I have ever tasted.’
    • ‘In a medium saucepan, boil the sugar, water, and corn syrup to a caramel until golden brown.’
    • ‘Two ramekins held a rich custard made with cream cheese, maple syrup, and caramel.’
    • ‘You make a caramel with sugar and water, and then add red wine to it.’
    • ‘As with malt whisky, the dark rums are aged in oak barrels and caramel is added to produce extra colour.’
    • ‘It was a delicious combination of warm apple, sweet caramel and fresh ice-cream.’
    • ‘For desserts, Canopy offers caramel custard, pastries or pudding, along with tea and coffee.’
    • ‘It washes the palate with the semi-sweet flavors of caramel, vanilla and spice that gradually subside in a creamy, long lasting finish.’
    • ‘Dessert, miniature pear tarte tatins with little pools of caramel and crème anglaise, arrived just as the first toasts began.’
    1. 1.1The light brown color of caramel.
      ‘the liquid turns a pale caramel’
      [as modifier] ‘a caramel sweater’
      • ‘Those who choose black or tortoise for the main pair often opt for colours like red or caramel for their second pair.’
      • ‘Her silk scarf and soft Icelandic wool sweater complement her deep caramel skin and shoulder-length brown hair.’
      • ‘The flooring is either a creamy tan or a darker caramel, which is created with a steam treatment.’
      • ‘Beige, caramel, sand and khaki influence and determine this trend.’
      • ‘It comes in different eye-catching colors like, beige, black, caramel, charcoal, blue, gray, green, red, taupe, wine, jade and tan.’
      • ‘The featured style is Elyot and comes in purple, green, caramel, black and white!’
      • ‘As to the palette, steel blue, medium grey, caramel and white are the first choices.’
      • ‘Over the years his bones have darkened to the rich caramels of their earthen tomb.’
      • ‘Sally deduced that the colours Jane should be wearing were light colours with some warmth such as peach, beige, caramel, cinnamon, apricot and a lighter version of warmer colours such as jade, lilac and blue.’
      • ‘Amber had light caramel brown hair and hazel eyes, she was tall with milky white skin and rosy complexion.’
      • ‘Corduroys come in shades of rust, sand, bottle-green, caramel and plum.’
      • ‘From herein, continue to stir every 30 seconds or so, for the next 10 minutes, until all of the fruit is sticky with a golden brown caramel colour.’
      • ‘He inspected it carefully, before concluding that it was caramel - the colour of Felix's skin.’
      • ‘For blondes choose darker caramels, honey and warm beige.’
      • ‘I deviated from my usual brand of wax last night, noting with interest the translucent turquoise colour rather than the usual caramel.’
      • ‘Gomathi had it stripped and sanded to a warm caramel, called it an antique, and sold it to me.’
      • ‘He used tinted glass cutlery which made all his curries look the same and were either bottle green or a caramel brown.’
      • ‘She had pale skin with caramel colored hair, rosy cheeks, hazel eyes, and pale pink lips.’
      • ‘The foliage is green, the water a golden caramel, and the final shot sunset will take your breath away.’
      • ‘His skin was just a shade lighter than caramel, and his eyes were even lighter, the color of weak tea with too much honey.’
    2. 1.2A soft candy made with sugar and butter that have been melted and further heated.
      • ‘A bag of suckers, chocolate cupcakes, caramels, jawbreakers and licorice all went into the bag first.’
      • ‘The foil appears to be from Rolo chocolate-covered caramels.’
      • ‘Fill a pail with your choice of 300 different kinds of candy sold by the pound, including caramels, licorice, and atomic fireballs.’
      • ‘Off he went to think up new recipes for 30 varieties of truffles and pralines, caramels and rose and violent creams, all created on the Water Street premises.’
      • ‘Sample truffles, caramels, hazelnut pralines, raspberry creams, almond butter crunch, handwhipped fudge, chocolate cigars and ice cream to die for.’
      • ‘Soft creamy caramels, vanilla and white chocolates are the lighter hues that are in big demand.’
      • ‘I'm eating a chocolate caramel bar and staring out at the quite determined sheets of white rain.’
      • ‘And unless you're planning on heading to the coastline of Brittany, I know of nowhere else where you can get the superb CBS caramels from Le Roux, the best caramel-maker on earth.’
      • ‘All day long and all the year round they made crackers; they made ornaments for wedding-cakes; they made caramels; they made acidulated drops; they made things unnamed except by children.’
      • ‘Thick, chewy caramel chocolate covered with a thin layer of milk chocolate (I guess).’
      • ‘I was about to bake them with just a little sugar, when I saw a little box of salted butter caramels on the counter, a souvenir from Brittany, and thought I would use a few to sweeten the fruit instead.’
      • ‘My friends partook of the hot dogs that came off the rotating warming rack but I stuck to a soda and M & Ms or the candy-coated milk caramels called Sugar Babies.’
      • ‘It has a caramel on top with a few pieces of almond.’
      • ‘Also in this group are a type of toffee known as caramels.’
      • ‘Godiva sells its chocolates in selections - nuts and caramels in one box, dark chocolates in another, truffles in another - not piece by piece.’
      • ‘Also in Storck's stable is Milkfuls, a hard caramel candy with sweet milky center that bowed in 1998.’
      • ‘While caramels melt, push Popsicle sticks into stem area of the apples.’
      • ‘As confectionery, they differ depending on the temperature at which they are cooked: fudge is the softest, toffee firmer and caramel almost brittle.’
      • ‘Here, you can have these chocolate-covered caramels as reparation.’
      • ‘Although we still have financial difficulties, he often brings me a little treat, i.e. caramels or candy or a Tim Horton's fruit muffin.’


Early 18th century: from French, from Spanish caramelo.