\ ˈshnaps How to pronounce schnapps (audio) \
plural schnapps

Definition of schnapps

: any of various liquors of high alcoholic content especially : strong Holland gin

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Recent Examples on the Web One day some old piss-schnapps-cabbage man at the factory called her into an office and gave her an official warning. Hari Kunzru, The New Yorker, "A Transparent Woman," 29 June 2020 Combine that with pineapple juice, Don Papa rum, and peach schnapps. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "13 Rum Cocktails That Are Basically a Beach Vacation in a Glass," 30 May 2020 In a shaker, combine 1 ounce of peach puree with pineapple juice, Don Papa 7-year rum and finally peach schnapps. Fox News, "5 cocktails perfect for Memorial Day," 25 May 2020 This machine certainly prevents the grandma-liquor-cabinet situation with dusty, sticky bottles of peach schnapps that probably predate the Cold War. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "This $350 cocktail machine wants to bring the bar to you," 20 May 2020 Each table had several transparent plastic bottles of a spirit that aspired to be schnapps. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 Challenged to create a cocktail with Corazon Anejo tequila and Goldschlager cinnamon schnapps, Brock made something in the realm of a tequila black Manhattan. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Top Arizona bartenders threw down to be crowned 'Last Slinger Standing.' Meet the champ," 27 Feb. 2020 The Hat Trick, with Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey, peach schnapps, sour mix and ginger beer. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Elote hot dogs, burnt end nachos and other new foods you should try at FC Dallas’ stadium in Frisco," 19 Feb. 2020 Tuesdays are for fondue, of either the Swiss or Bourguignonne persuasion—and a visit wouldn’t be complete without a restoring Jägertee, or tea with a shot of schnapps. Elisabeth Vincentelli, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Skiers in Taos, Bratwurst and Green-Chile Burritos Make Perfect Sense Together," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of schnapps

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schnapps

German Schnaps, literally, dram of liquor, from Low German snaps dram, mouthful, from snappen to snap

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“Schnapps.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of schnapps

: a type of strong liquor

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