[ah-gwahr-dee-en-tee; Spanish ah-gwahr-th yen-te]


a type of brandy made in Spain and Portugal.
a liquor, popular in South and Central America, made from sugar cane.
(in Spanish-speaking countries) any distilled spirit.

Origin of aguardiente

1815–25, Americanism; < Spanish, contraction of agua ardiente literally, fiery water; see aqua, ardent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aguardiente

Historical Examples of aguardiente

  • They desired not to eat or to drink—not even of my aguardiente, which is the best.

  • We shall give him a share for the provisions, for the tools, for the aguardiente.

  • He readily yields to it, and tosses off another glass of the aguardiente.

    The Lone Ranche

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • Was he drunk with aguardiente, or had his jealousy turned his brain?

  • Goes to gateway, but pauses at table, and begins to fill a glass of aguardiente.

British Dictionary definitions for aguardiente



any inferior brandy or similar spirit, esp from Spain, Portugal, or South America

Word Origin for aguardiente

C19: literally: burning water
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