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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vermouth (ˈvɜːməθ, vəˈmuːθ)
any of several wines containing aromatic herbs and some other flavourings
[C19: from French, from German Wermutwormwood (absinthe)]

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Word Origin & History

1806, from Fr. vermouth, from Ger. Wermuth "wormwood," from M.H.G. wermuot, from O.H.G. wermuota (see wormwood), name of the aromatic herb formerly used in the flavoring of the liqueur.
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Encyclopedia Britannica


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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Example sentences
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.
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