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[tuh-kee-luh] /təˈki lə/
a strong liquor from Mexico, distilled from fermented mash of an agave.
the plant itself, Agave tequilana.
Origin of tequila
First recorded in 1840-50; after Tequila, a town in Jalisco, Mexico, a center for its production Unabridged
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  • He hadn't had a tequila in a long time, and he thought he owed it to himself.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • tequila was the only concession the Nuevo Mexico Bar made to its name.

    Medal of Honor Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • It is not wine he is drinking, but the whisky of tequila, distilled from the wild maguey.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • He had a glass of tequila in one hand, the salted half of a lemon in the other.

    At the Post Horace Leonard Gold
  • They had brought something else too: a bottle of milky liquor that Tom claimed was tequila.

    Beginners Luck Emily Hahn
British Dictionary definitions for tequila


a spirit that is distilled in Mexico from an agave plant and forms the basis of many mixed drinks
the plant, Agave tequilana, from which this drink is made
Word Origin
C19: from Mexican Spanish, from Tequila, region of Mexico
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Word Origin and History for tequila

1849, from American Spanish tequila, from Tequila, name of a district in central Mexico noted for the fine quality of its tequila. Tequila sunrise is attested by 1965.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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