ver·​mouth vər-ˈmüth How to pronounce vermouth (audio)
: a dry or sweet aperitif wine flavored with aromatic herbs and often used in mixed drinks

Examples of vermouth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To accompany the dish, Rowe created the Bad Apple, a cocktail featuring vermouth and Calvados. Caitie Kelly Gisela Williams Julekha Dash Catherine Hong Devorah Lev-Tov, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 The bar program will feature multiple sangrias, vermouth and Spanish and California wines. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Dec. 2023 The second faceoff pits Shakira’s Elves Don’t Lie, with rum, Amaro and herbal liqueurs, cinnamon-vanilla simple syrup, and pineapple, against Martin’s Livin’ la Navidad Loca, with gin, white vermouth, a bitter liqueur and cinnamon-pear simple syrup. Fritz Hahn, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2023 That’s when a new generation of trendsetters — like Fernandez — ushered in a vermouth rebirth. Jason Wilson, Travel + Leisure, 3 Dec. 2023 There are no gaudy mentions of Gaudi or knowing references to vermouth hour; the Circle takes Witold out for an Italian meal, not for tapas. Jennifer Wilson, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2023 Change the Campari: The Kula Negroni infuses strawberries into Campari and changes out the dry vermouth for blanc. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023 The latter pays homage to San Francisco’s Old-World heritage, featuring Old Potrero Rye Whiskey, Campari, and dry vermouth, bringing together classic flavors that have withstood the test of time. By sunset, Sunset Magazine, 19 Oct. 2023 Try two different vermouths or add a sherry in a Manhattan. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from French vermout, vermouth & Italian vermut, vermutte, both borrowed from German Wermut, short for Wermutwein, from Wermut "wormwood" (going back to Old High German wermuota, werimuota) + Wein wine entry 1 — more at wormwood

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vermouth was in 1806

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Cite this Entry

“Vermouth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


ver·​mouth vər-ˈmüth How to pronounce vermouth (audio)
: a wine flavored with herbs

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