Meaning of calorie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkal(ə)ri/

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nounplural noun calories

  • 1

    (also small calorie, cal)
    A unit of energy equivalent to the heat energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 °C (now often defined as equal to 4.1868 joules).

  • 2

    (also large calorie, cal, Cal)
    A unit of energy, often used to express the nutritional value of foods, equivalent to the heat energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water by 1 °C, and equal to one thousand small calories; a kilocalorie.

    ‘Donnelly speculates that women may burn fewer calories during their workouts because they are physically smaller than men.’
    • ‘Physical activity helps control weight by burning excess calories that would otherwise be stored as fat.’
    • ‘A good way to provide additional protein without adding extra calories is by using a protein powder.’
    • ‘Because a greater percentage of fat is burned at lower intensities, people assume more fat calories are expended.’
    • ‘Although sugar is lower in total calories per gram than fat, it contributes mightily to a fatty frame.’
    • ‘They can be entertaining, but it's like eating empty calories.’
    • ‘Less than 30 percent of your total daily calories should come from fat.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, that much juice will add hundreds of excess sugar calories to your diet.’
    • ‘Calories from carbohydrates provide energy, while protein is needed for growth and tissue repair.’
    • ‘No more than 30 percent of all the calories your child eats should be fat calories.’
    • ‘However, calories are calories, and to lose weight, you need to cut back.’
    • ‘By 1986, I was taking in 5,000 calories per day in the offseason.’
    • ‘Experts recommend that active women get at least 55 percent of their calories from carbs.’
    • ‘A dieter needs a higher percentage of calories from protein just like an athlete does.’
    • ‘A good laugh can burn up as many calories per hour as brisk walking.’
    • ‘Playing basketball can burn about 420 calories per hour.’
    • ‘Each pound of fat your body stores represents 3,500 calories of unused energy.’
    • ‘Researchers also advocate walking an extra mile each day to burn extra calories consumed.’
    • ‘They are helpful because they contain about 100 calories of carbohydrate energy, with varying amounts of vitamins and minerals.’
    • ‘"Five hundred calories per hour, " she muttered and stabbed her ski poles meaningfully into the soft snow.’


Mid 19th century from French, from Latin calor ‘heat’ + French suffix -ie (see -y).