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
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 Try the rum-banana daiquiri made with Bacardi Superior. Dan Q. Dao, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Alcohol Delivery Services for Liquor, Beer, & Wine," 5 May 2020 Let these premade drink mixes from D.C. rum distillers Cotton and Reed and gold-standard tiki hideaway Archipelago take all the work out of a quick island escape. Washington Post, "Craving tropical drinks? These bars’ DIY cocktail kits include everything but the booze.," 3 Apr. 2020 The United States was surrounded by nations that made spirits: Canada had whisky, and the Caribbean had rum. National Geographic, "Raise a glass! It's the 100th anniversary of Prohibition.," 16 Jan. 2020 Lehew told Dateline that investigators believe the murder weapon to be an empty Bacardi rum bottle. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Family of slain UNC student Faith Hedgepeth desperate for answers nearly eight years after her brutal murder," 18 Apr. 2020 Comiteco d’Antaño Blanco Distilled from agave and cane, this bottling tastes like a cross between mezcal and artisanal rum. Sunset Magazine, "Build the Ultimate Bar Cart with These Award-Winning Spirits," 12 Apr. 2020 Since then, American breweries have flexed their taste muscles by putting saisons in wine barrels or aging all types of beer styles in rum or tequila barrels. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When craft brewers need barrels to age their beer, they go to the Barrel Broker in Menomonee Falls," 19 Feb. 2020 Stir in rum, bourbon, or cognac and remaining 2 cups milk. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Old-Fashioned Eggnog," 30 Oct. 2019 Another partner of The Gates Hotel, the craft distillery uses demerara sugar in the rum instead of molasses. Julia Sayers, AL.com, "Plan the perfect winter getaway in Key West," 29 Jan. 2018

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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

origin unknown

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26 May 2020

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“Rum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rum. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for rum

rum

noun
How to pronounce rum (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an alcoholic drink that is made from sugar

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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