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

Definition of schnapps

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

Examples of schnapps in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Between songs, as revellers drink their schnapps, Hånsa regales them with tales of the eel’s libido-enhancing powers—how Freud missed this is not clear—and pins any blame on the falling catches on hydropower dams. The Economist, "The mysterious life and times of eels," 18 Dec. 2019 Budget-friendlier choices include candy Mozart balls, Demmers tea, a bottle of schnapps or how about that No Kangaroos T-shirt? Carol Sottili, Washington Post, "Why Austria should be your next dream vacation," 13 Dec. 2019 After a long, hot summer, the crisp air is as delightful as sitting by a fire enjoying hot chocolate (perhaps spiked with peppermint schnapps). Scott Craven, azcentral, "Ready for a post-Thanksgiving road trip? See the best of Arizona in these 8 places," 26 Nov. 2019 Watch woodworkers craft traditional toys and keepsakes. Sip expertly distilled schnapps in a variety of regional flavors. Danielle Page, National Geographic, "Why is this Bronze Age town so popular today?," 4 Nov. 2019 Half a dozen Cathedrals, canals, piazzas, beer and genever (a close relative of schnapps but a lot sexier) all in a few blocks. Charlton Pettus, New York Times, "41 Days, 26 Shows, 10 Countries: A Rock Tour Diary," 16 Oct. 2019 An endless cascade of cold beer and homemade fruity schnapps keeps spirits abuzz. Danielle Bernabe, National Geographic, "Eat, drink, and herd cattle at this Austrian festival," 15 Sep. 2019 The first sip had a sharp bite: peach schnapps doused with mineral water, heavily carbonated. Eric Westby,, "Champagne at Chernobyl," 20 Aug. 2019 In that case, head for Oga’s Cantina, where delights like the Fuzzy Tauntaun ($16) not only tickle the palate with citrus and peach flavors (the vodka and schnapps help) but tingle the lips – literally. Amy Drew Thompson,, "At Galaxy’s Edge, food and drink are another layer in the Star Wars experience," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of schnapps was in 1796

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22 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Schnapps.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of schnapps

: a type of strong liquor

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