I heard a native speaker of American English talking about paprika, and I was irritated because I only knew the term bell pepper as the translation for this vegetable.

Differences like peppercorn or chili pepper are clear and already answered sufficiently well:

So will paprika be used

  • to specify the spice (dried and ground bell pepper)?
  • in specific regions?
  • only in a cooking jargon?
  • as a synonym to bell pepper?

1 Answer 1


Paprika is a spice made by drying and powdering certain varieties of bell pepper.

The name is used widely in the English speaking world.

As paprika is a spice, the word will be mainly used in a food context.

Paprika is not a synonym for "bell pepper" in English.


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