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 curaçoa (audio) , -​ˌsau̇ , ˈku̇r-​ ; ˌk(y)u̇r-​ə-​ˈsō , -​ˈsau̇ or  ˌkyu̇r-​ə-​ˈsō-​ə \

Definition of curaçao

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


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

Definition of Curaçao (Entry 2 of 2)

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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The Leaping Lion features vodka, blue curacao and lemonade. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "1-pound loaded potatoes, smoked chicken wings headline new Ford Field food," 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, "Ox Cart’s new format offers playful food, sweet drinks and a good time," 6 June 2019 And Alicia Hauge loves the Muse of Fire, which is made with blanco tequila, broVo dry curacao and CH amaro. Grace Wong,, "Common Good aims to create new cocktail culture in western suburbs," 13 July 2018 Guests can enjoy a Shore Thing with Bacardi tangerine, pineapple juice, blue curacao and ginger beer ($12) or a Sharkey Temple, a classic Shirley temple with ginger beer and a shark on top ($5). Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Don't go in the water, enjoy these Shark Week deals in Chicago instead," 24 July 2017 Sip on this red, white and blue concoction made from layers of strawberry daiquiri, piña colada and blue curacao. $10. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Red, white and booze: Celebrate the Fourth of July with these patriotic cocktails," 29 June 2017 But avoid mixers whenever possible — margarita mix, schnapps, baileys, curacao will generally add 10g of carbs per serving. Kimberly Mugler,, "Dos and donts of drinking alcohol on paleo, keto diets," 26 May 2018 Cocktails follow that theme, like the 24 Carrot with carrot juice, vodka, cardamom, honey and lemon juice and the Root Down with beet juice, bourbon, dry curacao, star anise, lemon juice and turmeric. Leeanne Griffin,, "Beyond Bloody Marys: Drinking Your Veggies At Your Favorite Cocktail Bar," 23 Jan. 2018 The bar serves drinks such as the $12 VUEtini (vodka, sweet and sour mix, blue curacao, pineapple juice) and $6.25 local beers, from breweries such as Sugar Creek. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "The latest perk in Charlotte’s luxury apartments: A private bar for residents, guests," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of curaçao


1813, in the meaning defined above

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Dutch curaçao, from Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles

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