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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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  • In the stoves are ranged the cultivating flasks, which resemble little flasks of liqueur.

    Louis Pasteur Ren Vallery-Radot
  • Of course you will have a liqueur with your coffee, Mrs. Merrison?

  • From the cupboard he took a bottle of liqueur, and, pouring out a small glassful, drank it off eagerly.

  • He said no; she insisted, and at last laughingly offered to have a glass of liqueur with him.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • I say, they're dooced sparin' with their liqueur, ain't they?

    The Second Mrs. Tanqueray Sir Arthur Wing Pinero
  • Mrs. Roby put down her liqueur glass and drew near the group with a smile.

    Xingu Edith Wharton
  • When a liqueur is used for flavoring less sugar is needed than with coffee, chocolate, or essences.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • He beckoned to the waitress and ordered two coffees and two liqueur brandies.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • It was excellent; and when I had done she handed me the liqueur, which I also drank.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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