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[ver-mooth] /vərˈmuθ/
an aromatized white wine in which herbs, roots, barks, bitters, and other flavorings have been steeped.
Origin of vermouth
1800-10; < French (now vermout) < German Wermuth (now Wermut) absinthe, wormwood Unabridged
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  • He bundled them all into a wineshop where they took some vermouth.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • "All right, I'm going," replied Wulf, as he drank his fifth vermouth.

    A Royal Prisoner Pierre Souvestre
  • There he could sit for an hour, and drink his vermouth and watch the Florentines.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • Drink your vermouth, take that bundle of cigarettes, and hunt Zoug-Zoug else where.

    The Trespasser, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • It was her request for a vermouth that had prompted my sudden question.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • The stranger smiled as he poured out the rest of the vermouth for Watson.

    The Coast of Adventure Harold Bindloss
  • vermouth is a sweet cordial similar to cherry-bounce,” said Rollo.

    Rollo in Society George S. Chappell
  • They poured out wine for us, or vermouth, and we took the latter.

British Dictionary definitions for vermouth


/ˈvɜːməθ; vəˈmuːθ/
any of several wines containing aromatic herbs and some other flavourings
Word Origin
C19: from French, from German Wermutwormwood (absinthe)
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Word Origin and History for vermouth

1806, from French vermouth, from German Wermuth "wormwood," from Middle High German wermuot, from Old High German wermuota (see wormwood), name of the aromatic herb formerly used in the flavoring of the liqueur.

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