aguardiente

noun

aguar·​di·​en·​te
ˌä-ˌgwär-dē-ˈen-tē,
-ˈdyen-(ˌ)tā
variants or less commonly aguardente
ˌä-ˌgwär-ˈden-tē,
-(ˌ)tā
or aquardiente
ˌä-ˌkwär-dē-ˈen-tē,
-ˈdyen-(ˌ)tā
plural -s
: any of several distilled alcoholic beverages: such as
a
: a coarse brandy made in Spain and Portugal
b
: a liquor that is usually made from sugarcane and is common in South America, Central America, and the southwestern U.S.

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aguardiente. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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