so·​ju | \ ˈsō-ˌjü How to pronounce soju (audio) \

Definition of soju

: Korean vodka distilled usually from rice or sweet potato

Examples of soju in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Entry is $5 to the market, which on March 20 features 55 sellers, with nearly half of them offering food and drink such as cookies, artisanal soju, coffee, tea, modern Korean tapas and quinoa kimbap. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2022 For drinks, Bǎo Bèi serves Korean soju and Taiwanese beers. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Oct. 2021 In the midst of everything else, some of us crave a glass of soju and a stroll on an icy beach where the forecast is for romantic disaffection and wary politeness punctuated by sudden squalls of feeling. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Jan. 2022 Drinks are distinctly Korean as well, like the bar’s take on a dirty martini, made with the juice of dongchimi (radish water kimchi) instead of olive brine, or a whiskey highball featuring barley tea and soju. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Nov. 2021 Come nighttime, however, some office workers compensated for 10 p.m. bar closures with marathon sessions of drinking soju, the popular Korean spirit often distilled from rice, before closing time. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 For those turning 20 in Korean years, the legal drinking age, midnight is when the door opens to nights of lawfully clubbing and downing shots of soju. Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2021 For drinks, there will be natural wine, craft soju and beer, similar to what’s available at Queens. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Dec. 2021 Upon reopening, Back will lean into the steakhouse’s original Korean barbecue themes with a new menu of classic and modern Korean dishes, banchan, soups, noodles and a range of marinated premium-cut galbi — among other grill options — plus soju. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of soju

1951, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

8 May 2022

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“Soju.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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