an old medicinal cordial made of wine mixed with spices.

Origin of hippocras

1325–75; Middle English ypocras, apparently short for ypocras wyn (translation of Medieval Latin vīnum hippocraticum; so called because clarified by filtering through a strainer named after Hippocrates); Middle English ypocras < Old French: Hippocrates < Medieval Latin Hippocrās, alteration of Latin Hippocratēs, on model of words like cīvitās (nominative), cīvitātis (genitive)
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Historical Examples of hippocras

  • The night is still young and the spices and hippocras will soon be served.

    Sir Nigel

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Some must carry cups of Hippocras, some lighted tapers; all must join in chorus.'


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • He raised his first glass of hippocras and gave thanks to his hostess.

  • Finally might come stewed or ripe fruits—figs, dates, grapes, and filberts; the whole washed down with spiced wine (hippocras).

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony

    William Stearns Davis

  • Hippocras, hip′o-kras, n. an aromatic medicated wine, formerly much used as a cordial.

British Dictionary definitions for hippocras



an old English drink of wine flavoured with spices

Word Origin for hippocras

C14 ypocras, from Old French: Hippocrates, probably referring to a filter called Hippocrates' sleeve
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