te·​qui·​la | \ tə-ˈkē-lə How to pronounce tequila (audio) , tā- \

Definition of tequila

: a Mexican liquor made chiefly from the fermented sap of the blue agave that has been subjected to two separate distillations

Examples of tequila in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The blue agave plant used for tequila is fully grown in six years. Oj Lima, Bon Appétit, 22 July 2022 The most exclusive, elegant bottle of tequila around, of course. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 14 July 2022 To the Mexican government and alcohol companies, the rage for tequila is perhaps an unqualified success, but ecologists like Valiente bemoan it. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 8 Mar. 2022 Served on the rocks in a wine glass rimmed with volcanic salt, the smooth, quality tequila is the star of the show in the VIP 'Rita. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 27 July 2022 In January, Tiana was shot and killed in her home after her father, Michael Huddleston, 48, accidentally discharged his weapon into his daughter after drinking two pints of tequila. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 15 July 2022 Aged in oak barrels for over 3 years, this decadent tequila is perfect for the agave aficionado in your life. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 14 July 2022 Mexican tequila is a staple of Cinco De Mayo, and its iconic taste is recognizable like the John Geiger ‘g’ and the sneaker silhouette that has been famed by streetwear from its earliest renditions. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Is a tequila that is additive free and made with only natural ingredients clean? Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tequila

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tequila

Spanish, from Tequila, town in Jalisco state, Mexico

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10 Aug 2022

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“Tequila.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tequila. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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