[ koo r-uh-sou, -soh, kyoo r-; koo r-uh-sou, -soh, kyoo r- ]
/ ˈkʊər əˌsaʊ, -ˌsoʊ, ˈkyʊər-; ˌkʊər əˈsaʊ, -ˈsoʊ, ˌkyʊər- /


the main island of the Netherlands Antilles, off the NW coast of Venezuela. 173 sq. mi. (448 sq. km). Capital: Willemstad.
(lowercase) Also cu·ra·çao [kyoo r-uh-soh, -soh-uh] /ˌkyʊər əˈsoʊ, -ˈsoʊ ə/. a cordial or liqueur flavored with the peel of the sour orange. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for curacao


/ (ˌkjʊərəˈsəʊ) /


an island in the Caribbean, the largest in the Netherlands Antilles. Capital: Willemstad. Pop: 146 836 (2013 est). Area: 444 sq km (171 sq miles)
an orange-flavoured liqueur originally made there
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Word Origin and History for curacao


West Indian island, Curaçao, discovered 1499 by Alonso de Hojeda, who called it Isla de los Gigantes in reference to the stature of the natives. The modern name probably is a Europeanized version of some lost native word. The liqueur is made from the dried peel of the Curaçao orange.

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