cu·​ra·​çao ˈkyu̇r-ə-ˌsō How to pronounce curaçao (audio)
variants or less commonly curaçoa
ˈkyu̇r-ə-ˌsō How to pronounce curaçao (audio)
 or  ˌkyu̇r-ə-ˈsō-ə
: a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the sour orange

Examples of curaçao in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just as good, though very different, was to use a curacao, which is oranges on a base of brandy or Cognac, so it’s got orange of course but also Cognac flavor—oak, vanilla, and stone fruit. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 14 Oct. 2023 From Tapestry in New York City The Bluebonnet Ingredients 1.5 oz tequila blanco 1.5 oz fresh lime juice .75 oz Cointreau 1.5 oz simple syrup A few drops blue curacao A few drops grenadine Instructions Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 9 June 2023 Orange Liqueur: Many reputable people call for a curacao here, like Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao or Grand Marnier. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 3 June 2023 Customers can customize their margarita by adding a Meltdown, which is extra tequila, or other liqueurs like blue curacao or sour apple. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, 21 Feb. 2021 Be sure to get a good-quality curacao like this one to ensure that bright blue hue. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Apr. 2020 The liquid takes on various hues — blue, yellow, red and clear — depending on whether curacao, spiced pear or wild strawberry liqueur has been added. Lori Rackl,, 6 Nov. 2019 Stop by the bar to order The Pride Tai cocktail made with cranberry and pineapple juices, rum and blue curacao ($10) or a virgin version using the juices and lemonade ($5) and the theater will donate the proceeds to Howard Brown Health. Samantha Nelson,, 20 June 2019 The Leaping Lion features vodka, blue curacao and lemonade. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 3 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History


Dutch curaçao, from Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of curaçao was in 1813

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Cite this Entry

“Curaçao.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Cu·​ra·​çao ˌku̇r-ə-ˈsau̇ How to pronounce Curaçao (audio)
internally self-governing Dutch island in the southern Caribbean; chief town Willemstad area 182 square miles (471 square kilometers), population 150,563

Note: Curaçao was formerly part of Netherlands Antilles.

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