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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
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  • A round of Chartreuse was being served, and in its yellow radiance all difficulties dissolved and all things became possible.

    The Bread Line Albert Bigelow Paine
  • At last he condescended to serve the brothers two glasses of Chartreuse.

  • Then the silent gentry who brew our Chartreuse; what are they in retirement for?

  • Chartreuse is the unsolved enigma of French compounders of liqueurs.

    A Journey Through France in War Time Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
  • He conjured it up in all its Chartreuse glory, then he animated it.

    The Foreign Hand Tie Gordon Randall Garrett
  • And last and chief, the mill in the valley of the Chartreuse.

  • In the catalog of the Chartreuse Fathers, Paris, there occurs in 1736 the following passage.

    The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • The Chartreuse, which is not in the forest, but merely some hundred feet from it.

    The Companions of Jehu Alexandre Dumas, pre
  • We will pay the Chartreuse a visit in broad daylight after breakfast, which will not interfere in the least with your night-watch.

    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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