Main definitions of turbinado in US English:

: turbinado1turbinado2

turbinado1

(also turbinado sugar)

noun

North American
  • A type of partially refined light brown cane sugar similar to demerara but with larger crystals.

    • ‘Sprinkle fruit with about 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar.’
    • ‘Then you sprinkle a generous amount of turbinado sugar (called cassonade, or unrefined cane sugar) over the top, or serve it with a spoonful of jam.’
    • ‘Rub on Hawaiian turbinado sugar derived from the islands' lush sugar-cane fields.’
    • ‘This intoxicating treatment includes a gentle exfoliation using turbinado sugar and Hawaiian ginger, a revitalizing wrap with hydrating Hawaiian honey, and a face, scalp and foot massage.’
    • ‘For example, the foie gras starter comes with three pithless orange slices which are dredged in turbinado sugar and then caramelized with a propane torch.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, his pastry chef has been finishing the restaurant's creme brulee with large-grained Turbinado sugar, which melts more quickly and evenly.’

Origin

Early 20th century: Portuguese, past participle of turbinar ‘to spin’ (with reference to the use of turbines to spin the sugar during its production).

Pronunciation

turbinado

/ˌtərbɪˈnɑdoʊ//ˌtərbiˈnädō/

Main definitions of turbinado in US English:

: turbinado1turbinado2

turbinado2

noun

North American
  • More fully "turbinado sugar". A type of partially refined, light brown cane sugar with large crystals.

Origin

Early 20th century. From Portuguese turbinado, past participle of turbinar to spin (sugar) using turbines from turbina.

Pronunciation

turbinado

/ˌtərbɪˈnɑdoʊ//ˌtərbiˈnädō/