variants or less commonly aguardente
or aquardiente
plural -s
: any of several distilled alcoholic beverages: such as
: a coarse brandy made in Spain and Portugal
: a liquor that is usually made from sugarcane and is common in South America, Central America, and the southwestern U.S.

Word History


Spanish aguardiente, from agua water + ardiente burning, from Latin ardent-, ardens, present participle of ardēre to burn

First Known Use

1752, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aguardiente was in 1752

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“Aguardiente.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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