li·​queur | \ li-ˈkər How to pronounce liqueur (audio) , -ˈku̇r, -ˈkyu̇r How to pronounce liqueur (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Twelve has been promoting the Knock Out, which is made with ginger liqueur, cinnamon syrup, lemon, and angostura bitters. John Kell, Fortune, "Big liquor brands are pushing to incorporate more Irish whiskey in popular cocktails," 17 Mar. 2020 The mixture is vigorously stirred with ice and strained into a second glass that’s liberally coated with Herbsaint, an anise-flavored liqueur that replaced absinthe when it was banned in 1912. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "History marches on in New Orleans with these new attractions," 25 Feb. 2020 The bar has a half-dozen beers on tap, including Italy's Peroni, wines that include Italian selections and house cocktails, like one made with the restaurant's own lemon liqueur. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Red Mill in Brookfield reopens with Italian fare, as Red Mill Inn & Pizza," 7 Feb. 2020 At night, travelers can check out the island’s nightlife and dance to the beats of salsa, merengue, and rumba, and of course try some Blue Curaçao, the island’s famous liqueur that’s used to make cocktails a bright, vibrant blue. Erica Lamberg, USA TODAY, "Spring break spots that are blissfully free of spring breakers, from Barbados to Portland," 14 Jan. 2020 Eventually, the blond Caesar brought us mugs of instant coffee, made lukewarm and sickly with too much perfumed liqueur. Douglas Stuart, The New Yorker, "Found Wanting," 6 Jan. 2020 Now owned by Diageo PLC, the brand is the world’s top-selling liqueur. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Tom Jago Helped Create Baileys Irish Cream, the World’s Top-Selling Liqueur," 26 Oct. 2018 The cocktail list includes an uptown Pisco Sour and clever drinks such as a Paloma made with sotol; a pisco swizzle flavored with elderflower liqueur and mint; and a pisco and dry sake martini. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Alma: South American ‘soul’ food in Highland Village," 24 Feb. 2020 Another top seller at the hotel, made for two, includes Grand Marnier orange liqueur, clove syrup and overproof whiskey, plus lemon and honey. Kara Newman, WSJ, "Hotter Toddies: Smart Tweaks to a Classic Cocktail," 4 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of liqueur was in 1729

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21 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Liqueur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce liqueur (audio) , -ˈk(y)u̇(ə)r How to pronounce liqueur (audio) \

Medical Definition of liqueur

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

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