balsamic vinegar

[ bawl-som-ik vin-i-ger, ‐sam‐ ]

  1. a sweetish, aromatic vinegar made from the must of white grapes and aged in wood barrels.

Origin of balsamic vinegar

First recorded in 1980–85; translation of Italian aceto balsamico, literally, “restorative vinegar”; so called from its supposed medicinal effects, likened to balsam

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How to use balsamic vinegar in a sentence

  • But the manager says turnover is high and that he sells out of even such pricey items as Pringles, Nescafe, and balsamic vinegar.

    Life After the Bombs | Judith Miller | October 16, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The flavor of good, tart apples and aged balsamic vinegar makes a wonderfully savory yet light fall first course.

    What to Eat | | September 15, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for balsamic vinegar

balsamic vinegar

  1. a type of dark-coloured sweet Italian vinegar made from white grapes and aged in wooden barrels over a number of years

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