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Webster 1913 Edition


Liqueur


Liˊqueur′

(lē̍ˊkẽr′)
,
Noun.
[F. See
Liquor
.]
An aromatic alcoholic cordial.
☞ Some liqueurs are prepared by infusing certain woods, fruits, or flowers, in either water or alcohol, and adding sugar, etc. Others are distilled from aromatic or flavoring agents.

Webster 1828 Edition


Liqueur

LIQUEUR

,
Noun.
A spirituous cordial.

Definition 2022


liqueur

liqueur

See also: liquor

English

Noun

liqueur (countable and uncountable, plural liqueurs)

  1. A flavored alcoholic beverage that is usually very sweet and contains a high percentage of alcohol. Cordials are a type of liqueur manufactured using the infusion process as opposed to the essence and distillation processes.

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Verb

liqueur (third-person singular simple present liqueurs, present participle liqueuring, simple past and past participle liqueured)

  1. to flavor or treat (wine) with a liqueur
  2. to top up bottles of sparkling wine with a sugar solution
    Every champagne has to be liqueured after its disgorgement, to replace the inevitable loss.

French

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin liquor.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /likœʁ/

Noun

liqueur f (plural liqueurs)

  1. alcoholic liqueur
  2. (literary) drinkable liquid
  3. (Canada) fizzy drink, pop
  4. (obsolete) liquid

Derived terms

Usage notes

  • Liqueur and liquor are false friends: French liqueur never applies to alcoholic drinks in general.
  • The Quebec use of the term is frequently targeted as an anglicism (from liquor), even though the meaning ("non-alcoholic drink") is older and has little connection to either English term.