syr·​up | \ˈsər-əp, ˈsir-əp, ˈsə-rəp \
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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, 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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McConico will happily add homemade syrups to the summer beverage. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vennture Brew Co. brings coffee and beer to Washington Heights neighborhood," 11 July 2018 If the frosting is too thick, add more honeysuckle syrup. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "What’s that wonderful smell? It’s honeysuckle season!," 4 June 2018 One specialty: an apple and elderflower mocktail, made with the same elderflower syrup that's used in the cake, plus Sandringham Cox's apple juice. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Royal wedding 2018: Canapes, cake are on the menu for Harry and Meghan's reception," 19 May 2018 To bowl with orange segments, add pineapple, grapes, pomegranate seeds and rosemary syrup, tossing until combined. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pineapple-Pom Fruit Melange," 3 Dec. 2015 Caffeination comes in two forms: a cold-brew syrup and espresso powder. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 Instructions Add whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Drink Whiskey: A Complete Guide," 1 Oct. 2018 In small saucepan, combine blueberries and syrup and cook on low until heated through, about 5 minutes; keep warm. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Sheet Pan Pancake with Blueberry Syrup," 17 Aug. 2018 The drink, essentially a Tequila slushie, is made from Sauza Tequila, grapefruit juice, agave syrup, and citrus juice. Joey Morona,, "Donut Fries to French Toast tacos: Coming to a fast food joint near you?," 11 Apr. 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 \-​ē \ adjective

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