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[li-kur or, esp. British, -kyoo r; French lee-kœr] /lɪˈkɜr or, esp. British, -ˈkyʊər; French liˈkœr/
any of a class of alcoholic liquors, usually strong, sweet, and highly flavored, as Chartreuse or curaçao, generally served after dinner; cordial.
Origin of liqueur
1735-45; < French; see liquor
Can be confused
liqueur, liquor. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for liqueur
  • He drank the liqueur, and was about to leave without paying for it.
  • Replace red wine with apple juice and omit liqueur to make a non-alcoholic punch.
  • Too much liquid, such as brewed coffee or liqueur, will risk ice-crystal formation.
  • Stir together liqueur and arrowroot and whisk into sauce.
  • Coffee follows desert, along with a sweet liqueur called a digestif.
  • Mix the berries with two tablespoons of the liqueur.
  • For long storage, brush with liqueur, wrap in cheesecloth and place in an airtight container.
  • liqueur is often used as a synonym for an alcoholic cordial.
British Dictionary definitions for liqueur


/lɪˈkjʊə; French likœr/
  1. any of several highly flavoured sweetened spirits such as kirsch or cointreau, intended to be drunk after a meal
  2. (as modifier): liqueur glass
a small hollow chocolate sweet containing liqueur
Word Origin
C18: from French; see liquor
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Word Origin and History for liqueur

"sweetened, flavored alcoholic liquor," 1729, from French liqueur "liquor, liquid," from Old French licor "liquid." See liquor, which is the same word but borrowed earlier.

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