Caramel is a sticky or runny sweet that's made from slightly burnt sugar. You might prefer your vanilla ice cream topped with caramel.

Caramel can be used in many ways — to flavor foods, pour on top of desserts, or form into a soft, chewy candy. You can also use the word to describe the milky brown color itself: "She's the one with the long, caramel colored hair." In French, caramel means "burnt sugar," which comes from the Latin cannamellis, a combination of canna, "cane," and mel, "honey."

Definitions of caramel
  1. noun
    burnt sugar; used to color and flavor food
    synonyms: caramelized sugar
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    type of:
    refined sugar, sugar
    a white crystalline carbohydrate used as a sweetener and preservative
  2. noun
    firm chewy candy made from caramelized sugar and butter and milk
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    type of:
    candy, confect
    a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts
  3. noun
    a medium to dark tan color
    synonyms: buff, caramel brown, raw sienna, yellowish brown
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    snuff-color, snuff-colour
    dark yellowish brown
    type of:
    brown, brownness
    an orange of low brightness and saturation
  4. adjective
    having the color of caramel; of a moderate yellow-brown
    synonyms: caramel brown
    being or having or characterized by hue
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