\ 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


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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Davis started the experimental whiskey and rum distillery in California with cofounder Joanne Haruta. Tony Perrottet, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2022 Once cooked, the cake is wrapped and soaked in a spirit like brandy or rum. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 21 Apr. 2022 Spike your watermelon agua fresca with tequila or rum to turn this refreshingly fruity drink into the perfect boozy summer cocktail! Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 18 Apr. 2022 Her talk will discuss the herbs, flowers, trees, fruits and fungi that have been fermented and distilled into alcohol, such as sake, scotch, tequila, rum and bourbon. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Feb. 2022 Then the syrup gets mixed with milk and rum, though the alcohol can be easily left out. Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2021 The Bird’s Eye Daiquiri gets a punch from the eponymous chili, the Jungle Negroni mixes Campari with pineapple rum and banana liqueur, and the Boiling Point is a fizzy drink with gin, lychee, thai basil, apple cider vinegar, and soda. William Li, Town & Country, 22 Apr. 2022 The food stations held traditional festival food, drinks filled with rum, and tents that served unsuccessful attempts at Jollof rice. Meagan Jordan, Rolling Stone, 7 Apr. 2022 The cocktail menu is inspired by the flavors of Southeast and East Asia and includes drinks made with Filipino rum, Thai chili infused mezcal and Japanese vodka. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The whiskey was distilled in 1989 and matured in ex-rum casks before being finished for three years in barrels that previously contained Pedro Ximénez (PX) Sherry. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rum


1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rum


probably short for obsolete rumbullion rum


of uncertain origin

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9 May 2022

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“Rum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of rum

: an alcoholic liquor made from sugarcane or molasses

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