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Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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condiment a word derived from the Latin condire, meaning to preserve or pickle, is defined by the NSOED as: ‘Anything of pronounced flavour used to season or give relish to food, or to stimulate the appetite.’ In practice, it is used more of items employed at table than of the same or similar items in the kitchen; but both usage and scope are flexible. Thudichum (1895) devoted an interesting essay to categorizing condiments, taking the term in its broadest sense.