li·​queur li-ˈkər How to pronounce liqueur (audio) -ˈku̇r How to pronounce liqueur (audio)
: 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 Foods on offer include rhubarb pork pies, jams, gins, liqueurs, and various tarts and other desserts. Corey Buhay, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Apr. 2024 Mix up Kahlua, Irish cream liqueur, and chocolate-flavor syrup for a sweet drink that pairs perfectly with any Father's Day dessert. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Apr. 2024 String lights and a fire pit set a cozy scene, and classic cocktails are enlivened with small tweaks: A Sazerac receives an infusion of banana liqueur ($19), and an Old Fashioned is mixed with mezcal and chocolate bitters ($18). Valeriya Safronova, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024 At $43, a bottle of XO Cafe isn't as expensive as many other specialty liqueurs, which could be why Bacardi discontinued it. Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Apr. 2024 But there’s a long Alpine tradition of gentian herbal medicine evolving into this specific liqueur, often known as gentiane in France. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2024 Try the bramble cocktail with a housemade liqueur of yvapurũ, a sweet, purplish fruit. Laurence Blair, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Swizzles are usually made with rum, but this version uses sotol instead, for a more earthy cocktail, balanced with the sourness of fresh citrus and sweetness of the liqueur. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Try a Melon Smash with Midori liqueur and pineapple, perhaps, or a Baltimore Bloody Mary with Old Bay spice and a lemon prawn. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 20 Feb. 2024

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Word History


French, from Old French licour liquid — more at liquor

First Known Use

1729, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of liqueur was in 1729

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Cite this Entry

“Liqueur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a flavored and usually sweetened alcoholic beverage

Medical Definition


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

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