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ˈsɪn ə məncin·na·mon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cinnamon, cinnamon barknoun

    aromatic bark used as a spice

  2. cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon tree, Cinnamomum zeylanicumnoun

    tropical Asian tree with aromatic yellowish-brown bark; source of the spice cinnamon

  3. cinnamonnoun

    spice from the dried aromatic bark of the Ceylon cinnamon tree; used as rolled strips or ground


  1. cinnamonnoun

    A small evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka and southern India, Cinnamomum verum or Cinnamomum zeylanicum, belonging to the family Lauraceae.

  2. cinnamonnoun

    Several related trees, notably the Indonesian cinnamon (Cinnamomum burmannii) and Chinese cinnamon or cassia (Cinnamomum aromaticum or Cinnamomum cassia).

  3. cinnamonnoun

    A spice from the dried aromatic bark of the cinnamon tree, either rolled into strips or ground into a powder. The word is commonly used as trade name for spices made of any of the species above. The product made of Cinnamomum verum is sometimes referred to as true cinnamon.

  4. cinnamonadjective

    Containing cinnamon, or having a cinnamon taste.

  5. cinnamonadjective

    Of a yellowish-brown colour.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cinnamonnoun

    The fragrant bark of a low tree in the island of Ceylon, possessed by the Dutch, in the East Indies. Its leaves resemble those of the olive, both as to substance and colour. The fruit resembles an acorn or olive, and has neither the smell nor taste of the bark. When boiled in water, it yields an oil, which, as it cools and hardens, becomes as firm and white as tallow; the smell of which is agreeable in candles. The trees are chiefly propagated by a sort of pigeons which feed on the fruit, and, carrying it to their young, drop it where it takes root. Cinnamon is chiefly used in medicine as an astringent. The cinnamon of the ancients was different from ours. Ephraim Chambers

    Etymology: cinnamomum, Lat.

    Let Araby extol her happy coast,
    Her cinnamon and sweet amomum boast. John Dryden, Fables.


  1. Cinnamon

    Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. Cinnamon is used mainly as an aromatic condiment and flavouring additive in a wide variety of cuisines, sweet and savoury dishes, breakfast cereals, snack foods, bagels, teas, hot chocolate and traditional foods. The aroma and flavour of cinnamon derive from its essential oil and principal component, cinnamaldehyde, as well as numerous other constituents including eugenol. Cinnamon is the name for several species of trees and the commercial spice products that some of them produce. All are members of the genus Cinnamomum in the family Lauraceae. Only a few Cinnamomum species are grown commercially for spice. Cinnamomum verum (AKA C. zeylanicum), known as "Ceylon cinnamon" after its origins in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), is considered to be "true cinnamon", but most cinnamon in international commerce is derived from four other species, usually and more correctly referred to as "cassia": C. burmannii (Indonesian cinnamon or Padang cassia), C. cassia (Chinese cinnamon or Chinese cassia), C. loureiroi (Saigon cinnamon or Vietnamese cassia), and the less common C. citriodorum (Malabar cinnamon). In 2018, Indonesia and China produced 70% of the world's supply of cinnamon, Indonesia producing nearly 40% and China 30%.


  1. cinnamon

    Cinnamon is a type of aromatic spice that is obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. It is used in both sweet and savoury dishes for its distinctive flavour and aroma. It is also often used in traditional medicine and has been linked to a variety of health benefits.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cinnamonnoun

    the inner bark of the shoots of Cinnamomum Zeylanicum, a tree growing in Ceylon. It is aromatic, of a moderately pungent taste, and is one of the best cordial, carminative, and restorative spices

  2. Cinnamonnoun


  3. Etymology: [Heb. qinnmn; cf. Gr. , , cinnamomum, cinnamon. The Heb. word itself seems to have been borrowed from some other language; cf. Malay kj mnis sweet wood.]


  1. Cinnamon

    Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods. While Cinnamomum verum is sometimes considered to be "true cinnamon", most cinnamon in international commerce is derived from related species, which are also referred to as "cassia" to distinguish them from "true cinnamon". Cinnamon is the name for perhaps a dozen species of trees and the commercial spice products that some of them produce. All are members of the genus Cinnamomum in the family Lauraceae. Only a few of them are grown commercially for spice.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cinnamon

    sin′a-mon, n. the spicy bark of a laurel in Ceylon: the tree.—adj. cinnamon-coloured.—adjs. Cinnam′ic, Cinnamon′ic, obtained from, or consisting of, cinnamon.—n. Cinn′amon-stone, a kind of stone found in Ceylon, of a cinnamon or reddish-brown colour, sometimes cut for jewellery. [L. cinnamomum—Heb. kinnamon.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cinnamon is ranked #27331 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cinnamon surname appeared 884 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cinnamon.

    94.5% or 836 total occurrences were White.
    2.2% or 20 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 14 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 7 total occurrences were Black.

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Anagrams for cinnamon »

  1. nonmanic

  2. mannonic

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cinnamon in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cinnamon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of cinnamon in a Sentence

  1. Robb Walsh:

    But they left in the cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves that make it taste so unique. And they still served it over pasta.

  2. Jessica Randhawa:

    This gluten-free and vegetarian oven-roasted Delicata squash recipe is roasted with sweet maple syrup, butter and sprinkled with ground cinnamon for a uniquely flavorful autumn side dish at this year's Thanksgiving dinner, this is my absolute favorite way to cook this sweet, creamy, and velvety winter squash, as it's fast, easy, and cozy.

  3. Giulio Romeo:

    The difference between the groups of patients was significant, blood glucose levels of people on cinnamon would not go as high as the participants on placebo after meals and also would return to baseline much faster.

  4. Book of Proverbs:

    I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning.

  5. Gina Hassick:

    I would stick with two pancakes for an appropriate serving size, top with cinnamon and blueberries or bananas, and drizzle lightly with pure maple syrup.

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