rum

noun
\ ˈrəm How to pronounce rum (audio) \

Definition of rum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an alcoholic beverage distilled from a fermented cane product (such as molasses)
2 : alcoholic liquor the demon rum

rum

adjective
rummer; rummest

Definition of rum (Entry 2 of 2)

1 British, informal + somewhat old-fashioned : strange, odd Now writing is rum trade and eyes are rum things, and what is all right one day is all wrong the next.— Angela Thirkell
2 British, informal + somewhat old-fashioned : difficult, dangerous

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Examples of rum in a Sentence

Noun a fiery sermon on the evils of demon rum Adjective They're a pretty rum lot. she wears staid business suits, but prefers some quite rum knickers underneath
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun West Indian molasses would made used to make rum in distilleries in Rhode Island, and traded for enslaved workers. BostonGlobe.com, "What is Rhode Island Independence Day?," 4 May 2021 Ponche de crema, a creamy Caribbean rum cocktail, can be added for $20. Pre-order for takeout Dec. 31. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "48 Bay Area restaurants serving special New Year’s Eve feasts for takeout," 22 Dec. 2020 On a recent night, Iron & Grain featured four beers on tap and seasonal cocktails, including a cranberry mule with beet juice and a coffee rum cocktail with Wild Moon chai spice liqueur, pumpkin and oat milk. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "West Hartford’s new GastroPark a space to join food trucks and diners in the era of COVID-19," 7 Nov. 2020 Jack Dusty features their own blend of rum from Siesta Key Distillers, their own bourbon from Russell’s Reserve, and their own tequila from Maestro Dobel. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, "The Insider’s Guide To Sarasota, Florida," 15 Apr. 2021 Cocktails on the menu include the Hungry Tusker (Amarula African cream liqueur, dark rum, coconut, pineapple), Thorn and Berry (a nod to giraffe diets) and Masai Margarita, named after a species of giraffe. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Tall order: Giraffe Bar opening at Busch Gardens," 17 Mar. 2021 Subscriptions span the categories of scotch, whiskey, bourbon, gin, rum, and tequila. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "17 Wine and Spirit Subscription Services to Try in 2021," 16 Mar. 2021 The decision to suspend the 25% duties was announced in a joint statement by both governments, and follows the U.K.’s decision that took effect Jan. 1 to lift duties on products including U.S. rum, brandy and vodka. Yuka Hayashi, WSJ, "U.S. Suspends Tariffs on Scotch, Cheese and Other Products From U.K.," 4 Mar. 2021 Part of Swizzle’s long-term plan is to continue that nonprofit support and to provide educational classes on island anthropology and the history of rum. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "New Dallas tiki restaurant Swizzle offers escapism as well as an education on island cultures," 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of rum

Noun

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rum

Noun

probably short for obsolete rumbullion rum

Adjective

of uncertain origin

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9 May 2021

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“Rum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rum. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for rum

rum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an alcoholic drink that is made from sugar

rum

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rum (Entry 2 of 2)

British, old-fashioned + informal : strange or odd

rum

noun
\ ˈrəm How to pronounce rum (audio) \

Kids Definition of rum

: an alcoholic liquor made from sugarcane or molasses

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