Definition of pepper noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpepə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpepər//
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  1. 1   [uncountable] a powder made from dried berries (called peppercorns ), used to give a hot flavour to food Season with salt and pepper freshly ground pepper see also black pepper, cayenne, white pepper
  2. 2 (British English) (also sweet pepper British English, North American English) (North American English bell pepper) [countable, uncountable] a hollow fruit, usually red, green or yellow, eaten as a vegetable either raw or cooked See related entries: Vegetables
  3. Word OriginOld English piper, pipor, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch peper and German Pfeffer; via Latin from Greek peperi, from Sanskrit pippalī ‘berry, peppercorn’.Extra examples Add salt and pepper to taste. He gave me a great recipe for stuffed peppers. He put some pepper on his steak. freshly ground black pepper peppers stuffed with meat and rice
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