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[ver-mooth] /vərˈmuθ/
an aromatized white wine in which herbs, roots, barks, bitters, and other flavorings have been steeped.
1800-10; < French (now vermout) < German Wermuth (now Wermut) absinthe, wormwood Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vermouth
  • It combines acid phosphate with bourbon, dry vermouth, and claret syrup.
  • Add vermouth and mustard and deglaze by boiling, stirring and scraping up brown bits, until reduced by half.
  • Add vermouth and red-pepper flakes and bring to a boil.
  • It's vermouth, of course, and generally it is not encouraged to speak up.
  • Add vermouth to drippings, stir about one minute and spoon over steaks and serve.
British Dictionary definitions for vermouth


/ˈvɜːməθ; vəˈmuːθ/
any of several wines containing aromatic herbs and some other flavourings
Word Origin
C19: from French, from German Wermutwormwood (absinthe)
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Word Origin and History for vermouth

1806, from French vermouth, from German Wermuth "wormwood," from Middle High German wermuot, from Old High German wermuota (see wormwood), name of the aromatic herb formerly used in the flavoring of the liqueur.

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Encyclopedia Article for vermouth

wine-based fortified drink flavoured with aromatic herbs. The name derives from the German Vermut, or "wormwood" (see ), a bitter herb and traditional ingredient of vermouth and absinthe. As many as 40 different herbs and flavourings may be used in vermouth, including juniper, cloves, quinine, orange peel, nutmeg, and coriander; the vermouths of various producers are flavoured according to closely guarded recipes.

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