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 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 The outdoor seating includes gliders and chairs in pastel hues, rum flows on the drinks list, and the mofongo — mashed fried green plantains — envelops diners in a haze of garlic. Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 23 Mar. 2021 The star of the show here is Papa’s Pilar, a premium rum in a captivating bottle produced with the Hemingway family’s blessing. Tracey Minkin, Travel + Leisure, "Florida Keys Travel Guide," 2 Mar. 2021 But one of the main ingredients that’s a staple across all those recipes is Barcardí rum. Blake Newby, Essence, "Afro-Latina Model Joan Smalls On Changing Holiday Traditions And The New Additions To Her Self-Care Routine," 14 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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27 Apr 2021

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“Rum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rum. Accessed 8 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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