\ 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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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 The Siesta’s parade of color and flavor comes from its secondary ingredients: Fresh lime and grapefruit juice, all acid and bright fruit, usher the dregs of winter right out onto the back patio. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "The Siesta Is Your New Signature Spring Cocktail, a Normal Thing to Have," 2 May 2018 In addition to the homicidal houseplant, the show features a sadistic dentist who brutally abuses his terrified girlfriend, and the whole thing is set among the dregs of society on Skid Row. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "Rivertown sets up a campy and funny 'Little Shop of Horrors'," 8 May 2018 Despite those new expenses, Florida's budget has rebounded from the dregs of the recession a decade ago. Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Legislature left $28 million hole in prison budget. Now essential programs are cut. | Miami Herald," 4 May 2018 The end came surprisingly quickly: Tower went out of business in December 2006, the formerly overstuffed shelves of its 89 U.S. stores either empty or filled with the last dregs of its inventory. Jem Aswad, chicagotribune.com, "Tower Records founder Russ Solomon dies at 92," 5 Mar. 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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