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

Definition of aguardiente

: 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.

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First Known Use of aguardiente

1752, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aguardiente

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

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“Aguardiente.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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