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 Flavors of molasses, red cherries—seductively smooth with a backdrop of firm tannins. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 31 July 2022 The secret ingredient is a backdrop of sweet and tart pomegranate molasses to brighten all the other flavors. Sunset Magazine, 16 June 2022 Rucker has one of the most distinctive male voices in country — a rich-as-molasses baritone with a hint of unshowy soulfulness. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 19 June 2021 Step 2Add molasses, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, maple syrup and Dijon mustard to drippings; whisk to combine, and set aside. People Staff,, 31 July 2022 The molasses in brown sugar adds moisture, giving it that soft, sand-like texture and sweet, caramel flavor. Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 21 July 2022 Her rich, arcing voice poured like molasses and intertwined with Plant’s reserved timbre as the band’s surrounding passages swelled and decayed. Bob Gendron, Chicago Tribune, 8 June 2022 Across the road, be sure to check out their sister bakery, The Neon Croissant, which sells exceptional ginger molasses cookies and croissants the size of my face. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 11 July 2022 The first course included a warm whole wheat cilantro flatbread for two, served with a bowl of muhamarra, a creamy and flavor-packed Lebanese roasted red pepper dip topped with toasted walnuts and tangy pomegranate molasses. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Molasses.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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