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)

British, informal + somewhat old-fashioned
1 chiefly British : 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 chiefly British : 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

The only remote that’s always in the same place—on the side table by Dad’s chair, next to a tall rum-and-Coke and Daniel Pink’s latest. Evan Allgood, The New Yorker, "The Six Remotes in Your Dad’s Entertainment Center," 15 June 2019 Planters sent rum and sugar to the United States in exchange for flour and livestock. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 The drink list, which reads like a sure-fire hangover to this middle-age mom, is full of ’90s-era ingredients such as curacao, Malibu rum and Tang. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Ox Cart’s new format offers playful food, sweet drinks and a good time," 6 June 2019 Brad Leone, video host of It’s Alive and the author of this recipe, recommends an extra splash of rum poured right over the top. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appétit, "I’m Only Drinking Piña Coladas From Now On," 6 June 2019 On the beach called Shoal Bay East next to the Fountain Cavern National Park, Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa is the elegant newcomer with expansive suites, rum bar, spa, dining on the beach and free nights when a 4 or 7 night stay is booked. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Summer's on sale at luxurious Caribbean resorts," 15 May 2018 Bartenders Marie King and Ian Yarborough from Tonga Hut will be behind the stick at General Lee’s, serving all the vintage rum drinks of your dreams, while DJ Jonpaul Balak provides the soundtrack of classic exotica and surf. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week," 8 May 2018 After years of hype about whiskey, rum and gin, many of us are exploring what’s in our own backyard. Jason Wilson, New York Times, "Jump-Starting the Aquavit Renaissance," 13 Mar. 2018 Caribbean Club Opened in 1974 as a rum bar, Caribbean Club looks a bit like the inside of a boat; that is, a really small, galley-like boat that would make most modern speakeasies feel as spacious as a theme park. Naren Young, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Bars in Barcelona," 3 Mar. 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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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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