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.

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THE MOËT Belle Ingredients: 1 oz of Cachaca 0.75 oz of mango juice 0.5 oz of ginger syrup0.25 oz of fresh lime juice 2.5 oz of Moët Brut Impérial Instructions: Shake the first four ingredients together with ice. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Make the Official Cocktail of the Golden Globes," 3 Jan. 2019 One picks out your bars' custom toppings, pulls out your candy-wafer choices, and drizzles a line of chocolate syrup on top of each one. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Yes, we flew to Japan to watch someone pour liquid nitrogen on custom Kit Kats," 28 Oct. 2018 Add as much of the rosemary simple syrup as necessary for a sweet mixture — err on the sweet side because freezing diminishes some of the sweetness. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "It's time to start cooking with summer’s tasty top prize — Texas peaches," 10 July 2018 The Lakers have LeBron James, who all by himself is three scoops of vanilla ice cream, two ladles of chocolate syrup and the sprinkles, and could get Kawhi Leonard. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Cowardly super teams turning NBA into a laugher," 3 July 2018 The secret ingredient was a splash of simple syrup. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Uniquely Texan Origins of the Frozen Margarita," 27 June 2018 Cook until the mixture reaches the consistency of syrup. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Papa Johns' nephew makes a name for himself on Louisville food scene," 26 June 2018 In a stand mixer, blend the butter, tahini and all but 1 tablespoon of the date syrup on medium speed until light, fluffy and creamy, about 5 minutes. Tara Duggan,, "Recipe: Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies," 20 June 2018 The magazine also reported that Sonic will let customers add a squirt of the pickle syrup to any menu item. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Pucker up! Sonic's new Pickle Juice Slush debuts Monday," 10 June 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 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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