Definition of turbinado in English:



(also turbinado sugar)
North American
  • A type of partially refined light brown cane sugar similar to demerara but with larger crystals.

    ‘Rub on Hawaiian turbinado sugar derived from the islands' lush sugar-cane fields.’
    • ‘Sprinkle fruit with about 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar.’
    • ‘Then you sprinkle a generous amount of turbinado sugar (called cassonade, or unrefined cane sugar) over the top, or serve it with a spoonful of jam.’
    • ‘This intoxicating treatment includes a gentle exfoliation using turbinado sugar and Hawaiian ginger, a revitalizing wrap with hydrating Hawaiian honey, and a face, scalp and foot massage.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, his pastry chef has been finishing the restaurant's creme brulee with large-grained Turbinado sugar, which melts more quickly and evenly.’
    • ‘For example, the foie gras starter comes with three pithless orange slices which are dredged in turbinado sugar and then caramelized with a propane torch.’



/ˌtərbiˈnädō/ /ˌtərbɪˈnɑdoʊ/


Early 20th century Portuguese, past participle of turbinar ‘to spin’ (with reference to the use of turbines to spin the sugar during its production).