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 And don't even think about leaving the restaurant without ordering the White Chocolate Bread Pudding with a dessert liqueur or cup of coffee. Brandi Fuller, Southern Living, "Hurry and Book Your Stay In Bryson City, North Carolina — It May Not Be a Small Town for Much Longer," 2 Apr. 2021 These old standards can make great mixers, but nowadays there’s no shortage of new, high-quality chocolate liqueur on the market. Popular Science, "How to melt, mix, and balance chocolate in cocktails," 4 Mar. 2021 Use a violet liqueur, such as Crème de Violette, though best used sparingly for just a pop of color to avoid a soapy aftertaste. Amanda Schuster, Forbes, "How To Make Cocktails Purple, Demonstrated With Prince-Inspired Recipes," 15 Apr. 2021 The house drinks include Forbidden Love (aloe, cucumber, lemon, and vodka) and the La Noux Banana Daiquiri (banana liqueur, Jamaican bitters, and charanda). Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "New York's Newest Speakeasy Is Hidden Inside a Subway Station — and It Currently Has a 900-person Reservation List," 7 Apr. 2021 The Hudson Valley–made black currant liqueur is a take on crème de cassis, a specialty of Burgundy known for lending deep berry, syrupy sweetness to wine cocktails like a Kir Royale. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "I’m Still Wearing Sweaters, But Current Cassis Is My First Taste of Spring," 15 Mar. 2021 The Midnight riff comes to us from Sam Ross, then of the legendary Milk & Honey, and turns the classic into a sour, bringing lemon juice to tart up the old Stinger profile but subbing bourbon for cognac and Fernet Branca for the mint liqueur. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, "How to Make a Midnight Stinger, a Whiskey Sour Enhanced by a Bitter Italian Liqueur," 18 Mar. 2021 Cocktails on the menu include the Hungry Tusker (Amarula African cream liqueur, dark rum, coconut, pineapple), Thorn and Berry (a nod to giraffe diets) and Masai Margarita, named after a species of giraffe. Dewayne Bevil,, "Tall order: Giraffe Bar opening at Busch Gardens," 17 Mar. 2021 Earnest Drinks Grab a boozy frappe with Irish cream liqueur and fruity pebbles, or a Guinness Oreo version. Kara Baskin,, "Where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day," 17 Mar. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Liqueur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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