mo·​las·​ses | \ mə-ˈla-səz How to pronounce molasses (audio) \

Definition of molasses

1 : the thick dark to light brown syrup that is separated from raw sugar in sugar manufacture
2 : a syrup made from boiling down sweet vegetable or fruit juice citrus molasses

Examples of molasses in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tahini sauce is creamy and wonderfully nutty; the pomegranate molasses both sweet and tart. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2021 Whisk in vinegar, pineapple, tamari sauce, tomato paste, garlic, ginger, molasses, salt and pepper and return to a full boil. Star Tribune, 14 May 2021 In a slow cooker, combine tomato sauce, sugar, molasses, chili powder, 3/4 cup water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 19 Mar. 2021 In a large skillet, combine the sugar, orange juice, 2 tablespoons water, the molasses, mustard powder, and salt. Akili King, Vogue, 24 Nov. 2020 Once again, the Sick Tree Treatment is the proactive answer — expose the root flares and apply organic fertilizers, compost, rock minerals, cornmeal, dry molasses and Garrett Juice. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 17 May 2021 Best Quality Daughter’s multiple sweeteners — molasses and brown sugar to go with the dark soy sauce — add an almost smoky complexity to the braise, which is extravagantly spiced. New York Times, 12 May 2021 Her version adds creamy tahini to the cake and replaces some of the sugar in the toffee sauce with a dollop of bright date molasses and more tahini. Jane Black, WSJ, 16 Apr. 2021 Ras el hanout is a complex spice mix that, along with pomegranate molasses, can be purchased at better grocery stores or Middle Eastern food supply stores. Beth Segal, cleveland, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of molasses

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for molasses

modification of Portuguese melaço, from Late Latin mellaceum grape juice, from Latin mell-, mel honey — more at mellifluous

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The first known use of molasses was in 1582

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4 Jun 2021

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“Molasses.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of molasses

chiefly US : a thick, brown, sweet liquid that is made from raw sugar


mo·​las·​ses | \ mə-ˈla-səz How to pronounce molasses (audio) \

Kids Definition of molasses

: a thick brown syrup that is made from raw sugar

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