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[ah-gwahr-dee-en-tee; Spanish ah-gwahr-th yen-te] /ɑˌgwɑr diˈɛn ti; Spanish ˌɑ gwɑrˈðyɛn tɛ/
a type of brandy made in Spain and Portugal.
a liquor, popular in South and Central America, made from sugar cane.
(in Spanish-speaking countries) any distilled spirit.
Origin of aguardiente
1815-25, Americanism; < Spanish, contraction of agua ardiente literally, fiery water; see aqua, ardent Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "You look tired, Cocom," said Jack, passing him a flask of aguardiente.

  • They desired not to eat or to drink—not even of my aguardiente, which is the best.

  • It was aguardiente of El Paso, better known among the mountain-men as “Pass-whisky.”

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • Was he drunk with aguardiente, or had his jealousy turned his brain?

  • Would you like some aguardiente de pesco, some mescal, or some chica?

    The Adventurers Gustave Aimard
  • Goes to gateway, but pauses at table, and begins to fill a glass of aguardiente.

  • A four-gallon keg of aguardiente, from which we dealt out half a gill daily to each man, kept our Indians in good humor.

  • Have, also, these flasks of aguardiente; you will need sustenance.

  • Add to this a refreshment-room, refectorio, full of the rarest old cigarros, and redolent of aqua de soda and aguardiente.

    Much Darker Days Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
  • Peradventure, a person filled with aguardiente or the whisky of the Americans.

    Gabriel Conroy Bert Harte
British Dictionary definitions for aguardiente


any inferior brandy or similar spirit, esp from Spain, Portugal, or South America
Word Origin
C19: literally: burning water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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