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 syrupy (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 Classic offerings such as this shine brightest in straightforward drinks like the Southside Fizz, which mingles gin with splashes of lime juice, simple syrup, and effervescent soda water. Bon Appétit, "Four British Gin Picks, Just for You," 18 Dec. 2019 The Nevada cocktail is made of white rum, grapefruit juice, simple syrup and lime. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "This is Arizona's most popular drink, according to one website. Hint: It's not lemonade," 4 Dec. 2019 The other ingredients are three-quarters of a margarita: tequila, lime juice and simple syrup (made from granulated sugar this time). Daniel Neman,, "Signature cocktails make a party more fun," 2 Dec. 2019 Pour whiskey, dark rum, lime juice and green apple syrup over ice. Brianna Steinhilber, NBC News, "New York Apple Punch: The perfect batch cocktail for Thanksgiving," 27 Nov. 2019 Gin, cucumber juice, dill syrup, lime and a cap of egg white take the tongue on a buzzy garden tour. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "In Dublin, Chapter One begins and ends with pampering," 20 Nov. 2019 Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the bourbon, lemon juice, honey syrup and bitters. M. Carrie Allan, The Denver Post, "How to concoct frighteningly good Halloween cocktails," 23 Oct. 2019 Trees drink water in the forest, not fruit juice, syrup, bleach, aspirin, sodas, vodka, or whatever other magic potions are available commercially. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Keep a Christmas Tree Alive All December Long," 21 Oct. 2019 The clip drifts back to the past, when Goss and his beau were still on better terms, cutting to shots of their passionate lovemaking and smiling brunches, filled with Canadian bacon and flapjacks covered in syrup. Alex Blynn, Billboard, "Tom Goss and Daniel Franzese Explore a Complicated Love Affair in 'Quebec': Watch," 13 Feb. 2020

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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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27 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Syrup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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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 sirup (audio) , ˈsir-​əp How to pronounce sirup (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 sirupy (audio) \ adjective

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