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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Try it with tonic and lime, or with a splash of grapefruit liqueur. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Add Fire to Your Fourth of July Cocktail," 2 July 2018 Kir drank his Aligoté with a floater of the local blackcurrant liqueur called crème de cassis, resulting in the classic French aperitif that now bears his name. Patrick Comiskey,, "Alternatives to Burgundy, from Burgundy," 29 June 2018 The Lady Germain cocktail features a floral medley of elderflower liqueur, gin, lemon juice, strawberries and Champagne. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How to have big fun with mini-appetizers and mini-cocktails," 2 June 2018 The six flavors, which may include mancha manteles or adobo, change daily and are always followed by a shot of local La Pasita liqueur. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Puebla and Guadalajara Should Be Your Next Mexico Trip," 3 May 2018 Memorize: The 2:3 ratio of liqueur to sparkling wine. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "Booze + Soda + Bubbly Wine = All You Need for These 6 Spritz Recipes," 23 Mar. 2018 Leave time for the requisite lavender field Instagram; leave room in your suitcase for a jar of Les Agnels organic lavender honey and a perfect-for-gin-and-tonics bottle of their lavender liqueur. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, ELLE Decor, "Tour Lacoste, The French College Town That Inspired Monet, Van Gogh And Renoir," 26 Jan. 2018 Another fine choice is the signature Blinking Owl, a sweet-tart gem created from the eponymous orange vodka, orange liqueur, orgeat, lemon juice and a Lambrusco float ($12). Jeanne Cooper,, "Where to watch the sunset with a cocktail around Half Moon Bay," 11 July 2018 Add lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur and stir rapidly. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Muddled Strawberry Margarita cocktail," 19 Feb. 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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