AskDefine | Define condiment

Dictionary Definition

condiment n : a preparation (a sauce or relish or spice) to enhance flavor or enjoyment; "mustard and ketchup are condiments"

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin condimentum, from condire (meaning: to preserve, pickle, season). See condite and compare recondite.


  1. something used to enhance the flavor of food; salt or pepper for example.


something used to enhance flavor

Extensive Definition

A condiment is a prepared edible substance or mixture, often preserved or fermented, that is added in variable quantities, most often at the table, to make food more suitable to the diner's taste. Some condiments are dry such as a mixture of herbs and seasonings or Parmesan cheese, however many are preserved sauces that have been put into a bottle, jar, or other container. For convenience, some condiments are provided in single-serving packets often with take-out foods.
Condiments are usually served as a supplement to a larger dish as a topping. They may be served on the side or as a garnish, like sauerkraut, which can be used as a bed for Schweinshaxen (pork knuckles) or as a topping for a hot dog. When served separately, the amount is usually at the diner's discretion, however condiments may be added prior to serving, for example a deli sandwich made with mayonnaise and mustard. Some condiments may also be used during cooking to add flavor or texture to the food; for example, barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, and soy sauce all have flavors that can enhance the tastes of a variety of different meats and vegetables. Bacon or bacon bits can be perceived as condiments at some restaurants.
Although sometimes considered a condiment, salt is more strictly considered as a seasoning, as salt does not come 'prepared' like most condiments do.

Condiment gallery

parmesan cheese

See also

condiment in German: Würzsauce
condiment in Esperanto: Kondimento
condiment in French: Condiment
condiment in Japanese: 薬味
condiment in Portuguese: Condimento
condiment in Simple English: Condiment
condiment in Swedish: Smaktillsats

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, allspice, anchovies, angelica, applesauce, basil, bell pepper, black pepper, borage, burnet, caper, capsicum, caraway seeds, cardamom, catsup, celery salt, chervil, chili, chili sauce, chili vinegar, chives, chutney, cinnamon, cloves, condiments, coriander, cranberry sauce, cubeb, cumin, curry, dahl sauce, dill, dillseed, duck sauce, fagara, fennel, file, five spice powder, flavor, flavorer, flavoring, garlic, garlic butter, garlic powder, garlic salt, ginger, green pepper, hedge garlic, horseradish, hyssop, leek, mace, marinade, marjoram, mayonnaise, mint, mustard, nutmeg, onion, onion salt, oregano, paprika, parsley, pepper, peppercorn, peppermint, piccalilli, pickle, pimento, pimpernel, potherb, radish, red pepper, relish, saffron, sage, salad dressing, salt, sauce-alone, savory, seasoned salt, seasoner, seasoning, sesame oil, sesame seeds, shallot, soy, soy sauce, spice, star anise, tarragon, tartar sauce, thyme, tomato paste, turmeric, vanilla, vinegar, white pepper
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