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 And though lemonade can be made simply by whisking lemon juice, sugar and water together in a pitcher, consider a slightly more elegant version: Start by making a lemon syrup from lemon zest, sugar and water. Washington Post, "Capture the sunny freshness of lemons with syrup, marmalade and preserves," 4 May 2020 For more than a month, customers at Vancouver’s Little Conejo have been able to pair their to-go tacos with margarita kits, including fresh citrus juice, handmade syrups, mango-pineapple purees and full bottles of tequila or mezcal. oregonlive, "Looking for cocktails to-go? Vancouver restaurants have you covered," 1 May 2020 Twelve has been promoting the Knock Out, which is made with ginger liqueur, cinnamon syrup, lemon, and angostura bitters. John Kell, Fortune, "Big liquor brands are pushing to incorporate more Irish whiskey in popular cocktails," 17 Mar. 2020 Discover the process of making maple syrup, learn how the beer was made, savor syrup from the evaporator, play team maple trivia, and more. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Feb. 17-23," 17 Feb. 2020 Ingredients: 1 1/2 parts Hornitos Reposado Tequila 1 1/2 parts agave syrup3 parts lime juice Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Hornitos Is Throwing a Virtual Cinco De Mayo Party to End All Virtual Parties," 4 May 2020 Pancake mix and syrup Breakfast items in general have seen higher demand since the pandemic started. Dallas News, "Here’s what’s low or out of stock at North Texas grocery stores," 26 Apr. 2020 To prepare, mix 2 Tbsp. strawberry milk mix (powder or syrup) with 4 Tbsp. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Cloud-Like Whipped Milk Is the Dessert Version of Dalgona Coffee," 23 Apr. 2020 Lindsay and Frank, who is likely made of chocolate syrup ice cream swirl. . Connie Wang,, "The Pure Positivity Of A Quarantine Dog," 27 Mar. 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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22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Syrup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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