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 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 Mix the broth, soy sauce, syrup, olive oil, and red pepper flakes and pour into the tomato cavities. Beth Segal, cleveland, 30 July 2021 There's also the Sagittarius Sour, a play on a Midori Sour with Singani, Midori, Bianco Bitter, lemon juice, simple syrup, and cocktail foam. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 22 July 2021 The pair’s original calamansi lime flavor includes just five ingredients: lime juice, agave spirit, agave syrup, sparkling water and a dash of salt. New York Times, 21 July 2021 Add gin, simple syrup, lime juice and a pinch of salt. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 The sweet, herbal cocktail syrup adds fragrant fall flavor to spicy rye. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 1 July 2021 Lemon simple syrup with a hint of almond subs for booze, so this one’s safe for everyone, but feel free to play. Amy Drew Thompson,, 30 June 2021 There’s always one frozen drink on, most recently a rhubarb whiskey sour made with rhubarb simple syrup, which was easy-drinking, with a gentle tang and a kiss of lemon. Washington Post, 29 June 2021 Add the rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and bitters to the tin. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 29 June 2021

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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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“Syrup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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 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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