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[shahr-trooz, -troos; French shar-trœz] /ʃɑrˈtruz, -ˈtrus; French ʃarˈtrœz/
an aromatic liqueur, usually yellow or green, made by the Carthusian monks at Grenoble, France, and, at one time, at Tarragona, Spain.
(lowercase) a clear, light green with a yellowish tinge.
(lowercase) of the color chartreuse.
Origin of Chartreuse
1865-70; < French, after La Grande Chartreuse, Carthusian monastery near Grenoble, where the liqueur is made Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • At last he condescended to serve the brothers two glasses of Chartreuse.

  • "Coffee and Chartreuse," he said to the waiter, when we had finished.


    Henry Seton Merriman
  • Chartreuse is the unsolved enigma of French compounders of liqueurs.

    A Journey Through France in War Time Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
  • "It's the Chartreuse that's lacking," commented Caraher, lowering at Annixter.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • It bulged in the middle, and had a Chartreuse rind with heliotrope spots on it.

    Cum Grano Salis Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Its population was to be seen nowhere else; it seemed to exist only at the Chartreuse and for the Chartreuse.

    Vie de Bohme Orlo Williams
  • And last and chief, the mill in the valley of the Chartreuse.

  • Clelia Conti in the Chartreuse is like the conventional heroine of Italian romance.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • The Chartreuse, which is not in the forest, but merely some hundred feet from it.

    The Companions of Jehu Alexandre Dumas, pre
British Dictionary definitions for Chartreuse


/ʃɑːˈtrɜːz; French ʃartrøz/
either of two liqueurs, green or yellow, made from herbs and flowers
  1. a colour varying from a clear yellowish-green to a strong greenish-yellow
  2. (as adjective): a chartreuse dress
Word Origin
C19: from French, after La Grande Chartreuse, monastery near Grenoble, where the liqueur is produced
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Word Origin and History for Chartreuse



type of liqueur, 1866, from la Grande-Chartreuse, chief monastery of the Carthusian order, which was founded 11c. and named for the massif de la Chartreuse (Medieval Latin Carthusianus) mountain group in the French Alps, where its first monastery was built. The liqueur recipe dates from early 17c.; the original now marketed as Les Pères Chartreux. The color (1884) is so called from resemblance to the pale apple-green hue of the best type of the liqueur.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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