oo·​long ˈü-ˌlȯŋ How to pronounce oolong (audio)
: tea made from leaves that have been partially oxidized before firing

Examples of oolong in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also on his agenda is shopping for pineapple cakes and oolong tea to bring back to the U.S. for his mother and aunts. Staff Writer follow, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2022 Another place to stop for excellent oolong is Hudson Wilder in Dumbo. Maria Geyman, Vogue, 22 Nov. 2022 Its user-friendly design includes pre-programmed temperature settings for different types of tea, including oolong, green, black/herbal, and white, as well as a general boil setting. Adria Greenhauff, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Nov. 2022 Keemun black tea blended with pureed cantaloupe, a Darjeeling oolong blend combined with peach juice, or matcha with coconut milk. Julia Bainbridge, Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2022 Caramel, milk oolong tea, and cranachan provide luxurious sweet thickness. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 Steep around 2 minutes for green and white teas, and 4 or 5 for oolong, black, and herbal teas, then take a small sip. Max Falkowitz, Bon Appétit, 5 May 2022 Here, an oolong from Oct. 4, 2019; there, a white tea from March 29, 2016. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Milk oolong tea also adds both an flowery and creamy tang. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021

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Word History


Chinese (Xiamen) oōlióng(dé), literally, black dragon (tea)

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oolong was in 1845

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Cite this Entry

“Oolong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oolong. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


oo·​long ˈü-ˌlȯŋ How to pronounce oolong (audio)
: tea made from leaves that have undergone partial fermentation before being dried
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