Definition of chowder in English:


Pronunciation /ˈCHoudər/ /ˈtʃaʊdər/

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  • A rich soup typically containing fish, clams, or corn with potatoes and onions.

    ‘clam chowder’
    • ‘He is making up some more of his clam chowder although it will be more like potato soup as just a few clams are left in the freezer.’
    • ‘She loves to make soups, and her favorite recipe is corn chowder.’
    • ‘About the only traces that remained of his short occupancy were two jars of leftover fish chowder he'd prepared for friends a couple of weeks earlier, then stuck in the freezer.’
    • ‘I had the rich creamy seafood chowder with white fish, salmon chunks, slivers of green leeks, dots of carrot and a breath of lovage's celery essence.’
    • ‘You can also choose the house specialty Rainbow soup, conch chowder, fresh lamb soup cooked New England style, or a variety of scrumptious salads.’
    • ‘You'll find some rather unsettling accounts of what can go wrong in a restaurant kitchen and why you should never assume that there are actually clams in your clam chowder.’
    • ‘Coastal fish and coconut milk chowders, potato-based soups, and Amazonian pepper-pot dishes are joined by chicken consommé, cream of avocado, and cow's foot and tripe soup.’
    • ‘The clam and mussel chowder scored five out five with my husband.’
    • ‘To start, I had the clam and cod chowder with brandy cream for €4.60.’
    • ‘No matter where you go, if they serve clam chowder, it is described as ‘award winning.’’
    • ‘We wandered down Cannery Row and sat at the quayside eating clam chowder from bread bowls.’
    • ‘Soon Baker was loading up 14-foot trucks to the roof with cans of everything from black beans to clam chowder.’
    • ‘Other, less heart-stopping side dishes, are the nachos with salsa or the respectable, but not great, clam chowder.’
    • ‘Hints of fish and chips and saltwater taffy drift through the air, and clam chowder is ubiquitous on local menus.’
    • ‘We had an appetizer of Italian salad and clam chowder soup.’
    • ‘Trying to find these delicacies in Manhattan, they say, is like looking for a decent bowl of clam chowder in Tibet.’
    • ‘The meat is also dark, so does not suit a New England-style clam chowder, which is white, as well as it does the Manhattan version, which is not.’
    • ‘I'm hungry and tonight they are having my favorite meal, clam and potato chowder, swordfish, and apple pie for dessert.’
    • ‘To serve, spoon some clam chowder into the center of a soup bowl, arrange some salad in the center, and place a bass fillet on top.’
    • ‘She was also famous among friends for going into the kitchen and preparing her favourite dishes, including fried caribou or clam chowder.’


Mid 18th century perhaps from French chaudière ‘stew pot’, related to Old Northern French caudron (see cauldron).