so·​ju ˈsō-ˌjü How to pronounce soju (audio)
: Korean vodka distilled usually from rice or sweet potato

Examples of soju in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The eclectic drink menu includes Korean rice beer, soju, and zero-proof cocktails. Shauna Lyon, The New Yorker, 29 Sep. 2023 Another scene, set closer to the present, finds the narrator walking into a restaurant in Manhattan’s Koreatown to trade New York publishing gossip with a group of old friends all the while downing bowls of makgeolli, bottles of soju, and piles of pajeon and jjajangmyeon. Sonia Chopra, Bon Appétit, 18 Oct. 2023 They are joined by a young man, Jae-won (Ha Seong-guk), another aspiring actor, who is also a fan of Ui-ju’s and, inevitably since this is a Hong Sang-soo movie, eventually tempts him back to the way of soju and cigarettes. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 11 Oct. 2023 This idiosyncratic dough is a tangle of flour, sesame oil, soju, honey and spices. Eric Kim, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 There is also a restaurant serving artisanal soju and bread from ACQ bakery. Curbed, 1 Sep. 2023 This includes vodka, gin, rum, tequila, soju and sake, among others, which will generally have less calories and less sugar. USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2023 Zamorano also plans to offer a sake selection and nonalcoholic options, plus soju, cider and beer. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2023 The Renata bar is still in place, now lined with bamboo, and Jeju plans to serve a global wine list featuring BIPOC producers as well as some hard-to-find Korean sojus. Mrussell, oregonlive, 29 June 2023 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of soju was in 1951

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“Soju.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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