syr·up | \ˈsər-əp, ˈsir-əp, ˈsə-rəp \
variants: or less commonly

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, ˈsir-ə-, ˈsə-rə- \ adjective

Examples of syrup in a Sentence

ice cream and chocolate syrup She poured syrup all over her pancakes.

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Simple pastas dressed with vegetables, fennel au gratin, typically soupy risottos, a zucchini and mint frittata, and peaches in amaretto syrup are some standouts, and her fig-and-mascarpone cake, and pine nut-and-custard tart are first-rate. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Venice, Without the Tourists," 2 July 2018 This dessert of clear jelly bathed in a brown sugar syrup serves as the perfect palate calmer. Christina Liao, Vogue, "All the Szechuan Food You Should Try in Chengdu, China," 5 June 2018 To make the agave syrup: Put ½ cup agave nectar and ¼ cup hot water in a heatproof container and stir to combine. Chris Ross,, "New book is collection of low-alcohol drinks," 4 June 2018 Let basil steep in syrup over night in the refrigerator and strain. 2. Olivia Harrison,, "Here's The Blue Cocktail Rihanna Will Be Drinking At Her Fenty Beauty Launch Party," 18 May 2018 From those peaches and apricots, picked when tiny, boiled in syrup and sun-dried, Bassam Ghraoui’s workers made candied fruits so jewel-like that they were packed in silver boxes. The Economist, "Bassam Ghraoui died on May 1st," 10 May 2018 Her Poitin Baba is a ricotta cake that has been soaked in a poitin syrup and served with barley ice cream (Fung's done her homework: some poitin is distilled from barley). Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Poitin ready to charm its way into Houston foodie hearts," 10 May 2018 The dessert is made from layers of flaky phyllo, nuts and spices that are bathed in a syrup. Judy Buchenot,, "Suburban Cooks: Greek fest revives traditional dishes," 4 May 2018 Vegetarian platters and snacks will be available for $5, including rice pilaf and channa masala, two deep-fried poori and channa masala with pickles, a bread and cheese pakora (fritter) plate, and a gulab jamun plate (similar to doughnuts in syrup). Naperville Sun, "Holi festival brings out the colors of spring," 27 Mar. 2018

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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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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, ˈsir-əp \

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 \ \ adjective

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