noun \tə-ˈkē-lə, tā-\

: a strong, clear alcoholic drink from Mexico

Full Definition of TEQUILA

:  a Mexican liquor distilled from the fermented sap of an agave (Agave tequilana)

Origin of TEQUILA

Spanish, from Tequila, town in Jalisco state, Mexico
First Known Use: 1849

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail

Rhymes with TEQUILA


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Distilled liquor, usually clear in colour and unaged, made from the fermented juice of the Mexican agave plant. (See agave family.) It contains 40–50% alcohol. It was developed soon after the Spaniards brought distillation to Mexico, and is named for the town of Tequila. It is mixed with lime juice and orange liqueur to make the margarita cocktail, which is served in a glass rimmed with salt. Mescal, a stronger-flavoured liquor, is made from a wild agave from Oaxaca.


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