- mint julep.
- a sweet drink, variously prepared and sometimes medicated.
Origin of julep
Examples from the Web for julep
Champney moistened his dry lips with the julep and uttered a nervous laugh.Sally Dows and Other Stories
Stephen drank that julep with reverence, and then the Colonel gave him a cigar.The Crisis, Complete
"No, he had some words, I had a julep," and the colonel smiled grimly.Kennedy Square
F. Hopkinson Smith
I know what you mean, but you've made this julep too strong.The Seven Darlings
What I send you, may perhaps seem bitter, yet it is wholesome; your best physic is not a julep; sweet sauces leave rotten bodies.
- a sweet drink, variously prepared and sometimes medicated
- mainly US short for mint julep
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.