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[joo-lip] /ˈdʒu lɪp/
a sweet drink, variously prepared and sometimes medicated.
Origin of julep
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Arabic julāb < Persian gulāb, equivalent to gul rose + āb water Unabridged
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  • The day came, they opened the house, and behold there was enough ice for exactly one julep!

    George Washington: Farmer Paul Leland Haworth
  • Stephen drank that julep with reverence, and then the Colonel gave him a cigar.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Your room's all ready, sir, and Burwell shall bring you a julep.

    Lewis Rand Mary Johnston
  • "No, he had some words, I had a julep," and the colonel smiled grimly.

    Kennedy Square F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Mint is one of the few productions not common out there, and we are learning to make the julep with sage instead.

    Verner's Pride Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I know what you mean, but you've made this julep too strong.

    The Seven Darlings Gouverneur Morris
  • On that morning during the big meeting General Price must make his own julep.

  • I tell you, my boy, the only thing on earth to do is to take a julep.

  • Sulphate of copper, 10 gr.; camphor mixture (julep), 1⁄2 pint; dissolve.

  • When they stop you, tell them you come from Donnegan and that you have to get me some mint for a julep.

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
British Dictionary definitions for julep


a sweet drink, variously prepared and sometimes medicated
(mainly US) short for mint julep
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Arabic julāb, from Persian gulāb rose water, from gul rose + āb water
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Word Origin and History for julep

late 14c., a syrupy drink in which medicine was given, from Old French julep (14c.), from Medieval Latin julapium, from Arabic julab, from Persian gulab "rose water," from gul "rose" (related to Greek rhodon, Latin rosa) + ab "water," from PIE root *ap- (see water (n.1)). Sense of "alcoholic drink flavored with mint" is first recorded 1787, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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