cu·​ra·​çao | \ ˈkyu̇r-ə-ˌsō How to pronounce curaçao (audio) , -ˌsau̇, ˈku̇r-; ˌk(y)u̇r-ə-ˈsō, -ˈsau̇ \
variants: or less commonly curaçoa \ ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​ˌsō How to pronounce curaçao (audio) , -​ˌsau̇ , ˈku̇r-​ ; ˌk(y)u̇r-​ə-​ˈsō , -​ˈsau̇ or  ˌkyu̇r-​ə-​ˈsō-​ə \

Definition of curaçao

: a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the sour orange

Examples of curaçao in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The drink list, which reads like a sure-fire hangover to this middle-age mom, is full of ’90s-era ingredients such as curacao, Malibu rum and Tang. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, 6 June 2019 But avoid mixers whenever possible — margarita mix, schnapps, baileys, curacao will generally add 10g of carbs per serving. Kimberly Mugler,, 26 May 2018 The Leaping Lion features vodka, blue curacao and lemonade. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 3 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of curaçao

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for curaçao

Dutch curaçao, from Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles

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“Curaçao.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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Curaçao geographical name

Cu·​ra·​çao | \ ˌku̇r-ə-ˈsau̇ How to pronounce Curaçao (audio) , ˌkyu̇r-, -ˈsō, -ˈsä-ˌō \

Definition of Curaçao

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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