\ ˈdreg How to pronounce dreg (audio) \

Definition of dreg

1 : sediment contained in a liquid or precipitated (see precipitate entry 1 sense 3a) from it : lees usually used in plural coffee dregs at the bottom of the cup
2 : the most undesirable part usually used in plural the dregs of society
3 : the last remaining part : vestige usually used in plural the last dregs of fuel

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Other Words from dreg

dreggy \ ˈdre-​gē How to pronounce dreggy (audio) \ adjective

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Getty Images Close to two months after the 2019 Met Gala, the last dregs of drama are still seeping out of fashion’s most famous ball. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Alex Rodriguez Says Kylie Jenner Didn't Actually Brag About Being Rich at the Met Gala," 26 June 2019 And yet, the shipping economy remains a lifeline, a symbol both of Haiti’s reliance on the dregs of global capitalism and of the power of remittances to reach deep into the Haitian countryside. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 Without an advantage, the Astros asked their bullpen dregs to keep the game close. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros suffer embarrassing blowout loss to Mariners," 6 June 2019 He was puzzled by the fact that crystals derived from the dregs of wine twisted light in a specific direction, but the same crystal synthesized in the lab did not. Quanta Magazine, "New Twist Found in the Story of Life’s Start," 26 Nov. 2014 Seven years on, Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces are fighting the dregs of that uprising and President Bashar al-Assad's victory is all but assured. Louisa Loveluck, chicagotribune.com, "Syrian army raises flag above city considered birthplace of uprising against Assad," 12 July 2018 Just as compelling as the inventively chic food is the design of this four floor culinary and oenological paradise (there is a 10,000-bottle wine cellar in the basement, its walls lacquered dregs-of-wine red). Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "With Striking Interior Design, Milan’s Cracco Restaurant Evokes Singular Elegance," 29 June 2018 What’s left behind there now are the dregs and gangs who drive constant streams of people north. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Kids in Cages," 20 June 2018 During the offensive’s final weeks, the few hospitals standing were treating patients with the dregs of their supply cupboards, bandaging wounds with rags and conducting operations without anesthetic. Louisa Loveluck, BostonGlobe.com, "UN panel accuses both Syrian army, rebels of war crimes in Eastern Ghouta fight," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of dreg

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dreg

Middle English, from Old Norse dregg; perhaps akin to Latin fraces dregs of oil

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D region

dregs of wine


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