dis·​til·​late ˈdi-stə-ˌlāt How to pronounce distillate (audio)
di-ˈsti-lət How to pronounce distillate (audio)
: a liquid product condensed from vapor during distillation
: something concentrated or extracted as if by distilling

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Offered by brands like Giffard, Bols, and Mozart, it’s typically made by a process that includes distilling cacao and then macerating that distillate with more cacao. Popular Science, 4 Mar. 2021 That distillate is then aged in a variety of barrels, including used barrels that previously held bourbon and Tennessee whiskey, Port wine and apple brandy, to name a few. Lou Bustamante, SFChronicle.com, 17 Dec. 2020 There's some good news for diesel customers: More — and more significant — price declines are likely in the weeks ahead as imports of distillate have accelerated, leading to a sell-off. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 7 Feb. 2023 Based on data from the Energy Information Administration, U.S. distillate stocks, which include diesel, are at least 28 million barrels below the five-year average. Denton Cinquegrana, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2023 As mentioned, some early versions of the Singapore Sling use a distillate of cherry, rather than a liqueur. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 6 Aug. 2022 The east coast's inventories of distillate fuel, which include heating oil and diesel, hit a low of 24 million barrels on Oct. 21. Bob Henderson, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2023 An orange soda is liquid candy, but an orange distillate is floral and zesty and juicy and sugar-free. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 7 Jan. 2023 Pisco is a grape distillate that is produced in Peru and Chile, although those two countries have very different production processes. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of distillate was in 1839

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“Distillate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distillate. Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


dis·​til·​late ˈdis-tə-ˌlāt How to pronounce distillate (audio)
: a liquid product cooled from vapor during distillation

Medical Definition


: a liquid product condensed from vapor during distillation

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