li·​queur | \ li-ˈkər, -ˈku̇r, -ˈkyu̇r \

Definition of liqueur 

: a usually sweetened alcoholic liquor (such as brandy) flavored with fruit, spices, nuts, herbs, or seeds

Examples of liqueur in a Sentence

a bottle of orange liqueur

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Coupette —the East End bar, run by Savoy hotel alum Chris Moore, has dazzled drinkers with its focus on French liqueurs and eau de vie. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is Officially the Best Bar in the World," 4 Oct. 2018 In a small saucepan, stir together the raspberry jam, raspberry liqueur, and 1 tablespoon water and cook over low heat until warm, stirring to dissolve. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 The cocktail menu is just as mouthwatering, with specialty drinks like a Caribbean old fashioned, a summer G&T that includes lavender syrup and elderflower liqueur, and a strawberry-rhubarb rickey, among other refreshing options. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "Wolfgang Puck Catering’s Summer Menu Offers a Taste of Paradise," 26 June 2018 Flower power: For those who like it sweet, pour your bubbly into any kind of glass and add a splash of St-Germain elderflower liqueur. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "4 ways to dress up your bubbly with just 1 ingredient," 24 May 2018 Once dissolved, stir in the liqueur and sugar, if using, until sugar dissolves. Joe Gray,, "Savory meets sweet as summer fruit transforms into stellar ice cream toppings," 2 July 2018 Sawyer Photograph courtesy of Sawyer Sawyer’s riff on the drink uses Campari, vodka, rhubarb bitters, locally crafted Poppy liqueur, and a splash of tart, non-alcoholic Verjus Blanc. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Negroni Week Is Here So You Can Sip Your Favorite Cocktail for a Good Cause," 1 June 2018 Using a spoon, drizzle about half the liqueur and half the espresso over the ladyfingers. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How to Make Sophia Loren's Tiramisu," 16 Sep. 2016 Drinks: Sip a mimosa made with Eris’ Boomtime dry cider ($7) or Ginny’s Raddled, a blend of gin, flower liqueur and grapefruit juice topped with their Fly the Wheat ale ($9). Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "14 new brunches to brighten your Chicago summer," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of liqueur

1729, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for liqueur

French, from Old French licour liquid — more at liquor

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English Language Learners Definition of liqueur

: a sweet, strong alcoholic drink that is usually flavored with fruits or spices and drunk in small glasses after a meal


li·​queur | \ li-ˈkər, -ˈk(y)u̇(ə)r \

Medical Definition of liqueur 

: a usually sweetened alcoholic beverage variously flavored (as with fruit or aromatics)

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