a drink made of eggs, milk or cream, sugar, and, usually, rum or wine.

Origin of eggnog

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75; egg1 + nog1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of eggnog

  • Joe made a punch--some sort of an eggnog--eggs were bad, I think.

    The Heart of Rachael

    Kathleen Norris

  • Stir this into the eggnog for twenty minutes, and grate nutmeg on the top.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia

    Marion Cabell Tyree

  • In some way the eggnog cups seemed to steal out on a side table.

    With the Battle Fleet

    Franklin Matthews

  • I had to see that the eggnog was mixed properly, Pelham, before it was frozen,—soup or no soup.


    Clement Wood

  • But there was an eggnog for us, and a cooled punch, and a syllabub and cakes.

    The Little Red Foot

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for eggnog



a drink that can be served hot or cold, made of eggs, milk, sugar, spice, and brandy, rum, or other spiritAlso called: egg flip

Word Origin for eggnog

C19: from egg 1 + nog 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for eggnog

also egg nog, c.1775, American English, from egg (n.) + nog "strong ale."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper