verjuice

noun ver·juice \ ˈvər-ˌjüs \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of verjuice

1 :the sour juice of crab apples or of unripe fruit (such as grapes or apples); also :an acid liquor made from verjuice
2 :acidity of disposition or manner

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These days, verjuice is typically a tart, pale juice pressed from unripe white grapes, ideal for use in sauces and salad dressings. Verjuice has been around for centuries and is used in Dijon mustard, but the word (a descendant of Anglo-French vert, meaning "green," and jous, meaning "juice") has become somewhat uncommon - especially in American English - since its heyday in the early 19th century. (It's a bit more common in Australia.) In the past "verjuice" was also used with the meaning "acidity of disposition or manner" - a meaning hinted at in our first quote - but that sense is now only rarely encountered.

Origin and Etymology of verjuice

Middle English vergeouse, borrowed from Anglo-French vertjous, from vert "green" + jous, jus 1juice — more at verdant


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