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

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 Buttermilk pancakes topped with blueberries and syrup. Dwight Brown, Essence, 18 May 2022 The oval bar, illuminated as if by a moonbeam and ringed with metal fringe on top, is the heart of the setting and the source of some serious liquid pleasures, including such revivifying combinations as matcha, Japanese whisky, yuzu and honey syrup. Washington Post, 18 May 2022 How to assemble your trifle To assemble, layer the bottom of a dish with your creamy element, followed by a layer of cookie or cake, and then fruit and syrup. Kyle Beechey, Bon Appétit, 17 May 2022 Four thousand years ago, the Sumerians baked date-syrup cakes for the goddess Inanna; the early settlers of Ireland buried pots of butter in bogs, possibly to placate supernatural forces, in the fifth century B.C. New York Times, 11 May 2022 Signature drinks: Tree House Gimlet with Austin Still Gin, Green Chartreuse, cucumber syrup and lime or the Shwayze with cherry limeade with Deep Eddy Vodka, lime, grenadine and soda. Robin Soslow, Chron, 10 May 2022 Mom was an amazing cook and baker and learned to substitute Karo syrup for sugar, which was also rationed. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2022 More carbon dioxide means a fluffier beverage that uses less syrup and yields more profit. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 30 Apr. 2022 Flower lovers will also appreciate the Flower Fields inspired cocktail served at onsite Cassara Kitchen & Bar—a hibiscus sour made with grapefruit juice, agave nectar and hibiscus syrup. Anna Haines, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Syrup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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