syr·​up | \ ˈsər-əp How to pronounce syrup (audio) , ˈsir-əp, ˈsə-rəp How to pronounce syrup (audio) \
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Definition of syrup

1a : a thick sticky solution of sugar and water often flavored or medicated
b : the concentrated juice of a fruit or plant
2 : cloying sweetness or sentimentality

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Other Words from syrup

syrupy \ ˈsər-​ə-​pē How to pronounce syrup (audio) , ˈsir-​ə-​ , ˈsə-​rə-​ \ adjective

Examples of syrup in a Sentence

ice cream and chocolate syrup She poured syrup all over her pancakes.
Recent Examples on the Web And the soda fountain provides choices of mix-in syrup flavors. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "These 10 great truck stops surprise travelers with everything from dog parks to bidets," 12 Apr. 2021 Honey, maple syrup or agave can also be used as a natural sweetener instead of simple syrup. Kellie Speed,, "How to make iced tea," 11 Apr. 2021 Originally a syrup, Fisherman’s Friend later was sold locally in the form of lozenges. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "English Pharmacy Worker Made Fisherman’s Friend a Global Hit," 9 Apr. 2021 Corn syrup softens the texture of this nutella (just like the ultra-creamy stuff in the jar!) and avoids crystallization. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Homemade Nutella," 9 Apr. 2021 And if that sugar is Fox’s pineapple chipotle syrup or Whitlow’s blackberry stout reduction, by all means, bring it on. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Shrubs, syrups ... and French bread? Take a look at 6 unique spins on mint juleps," 8 Apr. 2021 Set over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until a syrup forms that is thick enough to hold a line, about 5 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Let fruits take the cake," 6 Apr. 2021 Maple syrup gives this garlicky, fennel-y, porky mix that same nostalgic sweetness. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "Everything About Brandoni Pepperoni’s Pizzas Scream Los Angeles," 26 Mar. 2021 That first year, our syrup-making effort yielded only about a gallon of the sweet stuff finished atop John's stove. Star Tribune, "Anderson: DIY maple-syrup producers up their game," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of syrup

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for syrup

Middle English sirup, from Anglo-French sirop, from Medieval Latin syrupus, from Arabic sharāb

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The first known use of syrup was in the 14th century

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15 Apr 2021

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“Syrup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of syrup

: a sweet, thick liquid made of sugar and water with flavoring or medicine added to it
: a sweet, thick liquid made from the juice of a fruit or plant


syr·​up | \ ˈsər-əp, ˈsir- \

Kids Definition of syrup

1 : a thick sticky solution of sugar and water often containing flavoring or a medicine chocolate syrup cough syrup
2 : the juice of a fruit or plant with some of the water removed maple syrup


variants: also sirup \ ˈsər-​əp How to pronounce syrup (audio) , ˈsir-​əp How to pronounce syrup (audio) \

Medical Definition of syrup

: a thick sticky liquid consisting of a concentrated solution of sugar and water with or without the addition of a flavoring agent or medicinal substance syrup of codeine

Other Words from syrup

syrupy or sirupy \ -​ē How to pronounce syrup (audio) \ adjective

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