te·​qui·​la tə-ˈkē-lə How to pronounce tequila (audio)
plural tequilas
: a Mexican liquor made chiefly from the fermented sap of the blue agave that has been subjected to two separate distillations
Tequila is a form of mezcal that enjoys a regional appellation—it must be produced in Tequila, Jalisco (a state in Mexico), entirely from the nectar from the blue agave plant.Justin Grant
The most important difference between fine tequila and ordinary tequila is that the good stuff is made from 100 percent blue agave—the desert succulent that is pressure cooked, then fermented.Food & Wine

Note: Tequila is often distinguished from other mezcals because it can only be made from the blue agave and has more restrictive guidelines regarding its production.

"We're going to offer wine, beer, cocktails, a lot of tequila and mezcal, and margaritas on tap," said [bar] owner Patrick Todd.Jordyn Noennig

Examples of tequila in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Serving churros, tortas, tequila shots and more from puestos, the options can begin to feel endless. Cerys Davies, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2024 Earlier in the season, Jax gave Brittany a hard time about packing a bottle of tequila for a girls’ trip. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 21 May 2024 In Cozumel, off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, there's snorkeling, trolley tours, and tequila tasting. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 14 May 2024 For beachy vibes, in place of the tequila, try pisco, rum, or cachaca. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for tequila 

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Word History


Spanish, from Tequila, town in Jalisco state, Mexico

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tequila was in 1849

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“Tequila.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tequila. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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te·​qui·​la tə-ˈkē-lə How to pronounce tequila (audio)
: a Mexican liquor made from the fermented juice of an agave
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