- an apéritif of white wine or sometimes champagne (Kir Royale) flavored with cassis.
Origin of Kir
< French, after Canon Félix Kir (1876–1968), mayor of Dijon, who allegedly created the recipe
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for kir
Kir reached for his belt, then dropped his hand again as he found nothing there.
Lanko herded Kir in front of him, and entered his own flier.
And Sira Nal was forced to admit that such a move might be allowed by Kir.
Kir Kaian lies to the west of Fardan, on the road to Tubaran.The Gates of India
The word Cyrnos itself has been derived from the Phœnician, Kir—horn, promontory.Wanderings in Corsica, Vol. 1 of 2
- a drink made from dry white wine and cassis
named after Canon F. Kir (1876–1968), mayor of Dijon, who is reputed to have invented it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for kir
"white wine and crème de cassis," 1966 (popular in U.S. 1980s), from Canon Felix Kir (1876-1968), mayor of Dijon, who is said to have invented the recipe.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper