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[dem-uh-rahr-uh, -rair-uh]
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noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. a light brown raw sugar grown in Guyana and used especially in the country's rum-making industry.

Origin of demerara

after the Demerara River
Related formsdem·e·ra·ran, adjective


[dem-uh-rahr-uh, -rair-uh]
  1. a river in E Guyana flowing S to N and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean at Georgetown. 215 miles (346 km) long.
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Examples from the Web for demerara

Historical Examples

  • New colours were presented to the regiment at Demerara on May 24th, 1841.

    The History of the First West India Regiment

    A. B. Ellis

  • The following notice of his death appeared in the Demerara Courant.

  • The botanical garden at Demerara may be as good, if not larger and better.

    East of Suez

    Frederic Courtland Penfield

  • In Demerara the average price of slaves from 1822 to 1830 had been £114, 11s.

  • It is found plentifully in Demerara, where its flesh is much esteemed.

British Dictionary definitions for demerara


  1. brown crystallized cane sugar from the Caribbean and nearby countries
  2. a highly flavoured rum used mainly for blending purposes

Word Origin

C19: named after Demerara, a region of Guyana


  1. the Demerara a river in Guyana, rising in the central forest area and flowing north to the Atlantic at Georgetown. Length: 346 km (215 miles)
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