mo·​las·​ses mə-ˈla-səz How to pronounce molasses (audio)
: the thick dark to light brown syrup that is separated from raw sugar in sugar manufacture
: a syrup made from boiling down sweet vegetable or fruit juice
citrus molasses

Examples of molasses in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This new Pinhook bourbon is a truly pleasurable high-proof drinking experience, with rich notes of caramel, molasses, vanilla custard, and apple tart leading off on the palate. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 12 Feb. 2023 Deep aromas of molasses, cherries, sage, tarragon and allspice. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2023 Add ketchup, bourbon, molasses, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Kristina Kurek, Country Living, 6 Jan. 2023 Sourced from Brazil and Sumatra, these beans offers notes of Mission Fig, molasses, and allspice. Sam Peters, ELLE, 17 Dec. 2022 These truffles from A Couple Cooks have all the best flavors of the season: molasses, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. People Staff, Peoplemag, 12 Dec. 2022 Ujjo brings notes of cocoa, vanilla, molasses, and cinnamon to this spicy mixer. Vanessa Powell, Men's Health, 9 Dec. 2022 These rye molasses cookies check those boxes: chewy and rich with a crunchy exterior. Tara Jensen, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2022 Old Mother Hubbard's all-natural P-Nuttier dog biscuits are made with peanut butter, molasses, honey, and whole wheat flour. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of molasses was in 1582

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“Molasses.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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mo·​las·​ses mə-ˈlas-əz How to pronounce molasses (audio)
: a thick brown syrup that is separated from raw sugar in sugar manufacture

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