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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 supped down that vermouth, pannikin after pannikin; and as he got more drunk, so did I get more eloquent.

    The Recipe for Diamonds Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
  • He bundled them all into a wineshop where they took some vermouth.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Sabas came every day at eleven o'clock, before going for his usual promenade to the caf where he took his vermouth.

    The Joy of Captain Ribot Armando Palacio Valds
  • Drink your vermouth, take that bundle of cigarettes, and hunt Zoug-Zoug else where.

    The Trespasser, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • And so did Val Clayton, who also came that year, merely in order to see what sort of vermouth they sold at the other hotels.

    Mushroom Town Oliver Onions
  • It was her request for a vermouth that had prompted my sudden question.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • He gave us some vermouth and informed us that the population was very quiet, very happy.

  • 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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