Curaçao

[koo r-uh-sou, -soh, kyoo r-; koo r-uh-sou, -soh, kyoo r-]
noun
  1. the main island of the Netherlands Antilles, off the NW coast of Venezuela. 173 sq. mi. (448 sq. km). Capital: Willemstad.
  2. Netherlands Antilles.
  3. (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.
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Historical Examples of curacao

  • Will you have the effrontery to tell me that is the coast of Curacao?

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • He had not conceived that Curacao was of such considerable dimensions.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Well, Isaac had a brother, Ezekiel by name, who carried on business in Curacao; you may have heard of him too.

    Tom Cringle's Log

    Michael Scott

  • I leavish every ting to you, Isaac, on von condition, dat you send my pody to be bury in Curacao.

    Tom Cringle's Log

    Michael Scott

  • Lashings of stuff we put up: port wine and sherry and curacao to which we did ample justice.

    Ulysses

    James Joyce


British Dictionary definitions for curacao

Curaçao

noun
  1. 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)
  2. an orange-flavoured liqueur originally made there
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Word Origin and History for curacao

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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