syr·​up | \ ˈsər-əp How to pronounce syrup (audio) , ˈsir-əp, ˈsə-rəp How to pronounce syrup (audio) \
variants: or less commonly sirup

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 In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake 2 oz gin, ¾ oz lemon juice and ½ oz simple syrup. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, 31 Aug. 2022 Add the tequila, lemon juice, orange juice, simple syrup, bitters, and Curaçao to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 23 July 2022 Add blended scotch, lemon juice and ginger/honey syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake for six to eight seconds. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 14 May 2022 This bright red libation combines AMASS Riverine with lime juice, simple syrup, blood-orange juice, and Broken Clock Vinegar Works Lemon & Mint Shrub. Kristin Scharkey, Sunset Magazine, 14 Apr. 2022 Combine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in the base of a cocktail shaker. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 31 Mar. 2022 Add the bitters, yuzu juice, simple syrup, gin and vermouth, and stir to dilute and chill. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2022 Add the whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white (optional) into a shaker with ice and shake hard until well-chilled. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, 11 Jan. 2022 The Inner Looper mixes cucumber vodka, elderberry and melon liqueurs, fresh lime juice and simple syrup. Robin Soslow, Chron, 4 Nov. 2021 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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30 Sep 2022

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More Definitions for syrup


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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