liqueur

noun
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

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In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine mezcal, chile liqueur, kumquat simple syrup, and lime juice. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Leslie Kirchhoff, Ice Cube Artist, Shares 3 Spring Cocktail Recipes," 14 May 2019 Cointreau, the French orange liqueur that's become a margarita-making must-have, partnered with made-for-summer handbag brand Poolside to create a bag that fits the bill perfectly. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Why Bother with Picnic Baskets When You Can Have a Margarita Tote?," 16 Apr. 2019 The mocktail version: Omit elderflower liqueur and lavender bitters. Kate Richards, Country Living, "Spring Bouquet Cocktail," 19 Mar. 2019 As part of the Spring with the Royal Wedding Celebration Package, the hotel’s Lobby Bar has crafted an exclusive Royal Cup cocktail, combining Bombay Sapphire, homemade bergamot and chamomile cordial, Elderflower liqueur, and an edible gold leaf. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Headed to the royal wedding? Score a deal fit for a king or queen," 11 Apr. 2018 His argument is that liqueurs don’t just have to be before or after dinner accessories but can be powerfully deployed in food-cocktail pairings. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Can Liqueurs Be the Next Big Thing in Food-Cocktail Pairings?," 14 Jan. 2019 Put the vodka, pomegranate juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice in a large liquid measuring cup or other pitcher. Good Housekeeping, "Christmas Cosmos," 3 Dec. 2013 To prove his point, Sisti is using Disaronno, an Italian brand whose square-cut Murano bottle is for many the most well known, if not the gold standard, among amaretto liqueurs. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Can Liqueurs Be the Next Big Thing in Food-Cocktail Pairings?," 14 Jan. 2019 There’s a short, smart wine list, but most are here for the cocktails, such as El Scorcho, a mescal-rum number spiked with pineapple and lime, or the Banana Bread, which mingles Scotch with banana, sea salt, sherry, and walnut liqueur. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in New York City," 1 Mar. 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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liqueur

noun

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

liqueur

noun
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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