Wondering whether to spell it ‘Carmel’ or ‘caramel’? We’ve got you covered. We’ll discuss that in this article, plus teach you how to use the correct one in a sentence.
The short answer is that ‘caramel’ is the only correct way to spell the word when referring to candy of a light brown color. ‘Carmel’ is a geographic location and must always be capitalized when used, so people don’t think it’s a misspelling of ‘caramel.’
As we just learned, both words are correct to use. But if you’re talking about candy, you’ll want to use ‘caramel.’ ‘Caramel’ is a geographic location.
As we just discussed, the difference between the two words is that ‘Carmel’ is a geographic location, whereas ‘caramel’ refers to light-brown colored candies. ‘Carmel’ must always be capitalized so that people don’t think it’s a misspelling of the word ‘caramel.’
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘caramel’ is: “a usually firm to brittle, golden-brown to a dark brown substance that has a sweet, nutty, buttery, or bitter flavor, is obtained by heating sugar at high temperature, and used especially as a coloring and flavoring agent” and “a firm, chewy, usually caramel-flavored candy made with sugar, cream, corn syrup, and butter.”
The first known use of the word was in 1702, and it meant the same thing as the first definition provided above. It comes from both the French and Spanish word Carmelo, from the Portuguese icicle, caramel, and from the late Latin calamellus (which means small reed).
The Merriam-Webster definition of 'Carmel' is: “or in full Carmel-by-the-Sea city in western California south of Monterey Bay population 3722” and “city in central Indiana north of Indianapolis population 79,191.”
Now that we know what both words mean, we can look at how to use them both in a sentence.
Now let’s see how to use ‘Carmel’ in a sentence.
Now that you know what both words mean and how to use them correctly in a sentence, you can start practicing forming your own sentences. Use the above examples as a guide.
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