[ keer ]

  1. an apéritif of white wine or sometimes champagne (Kir Royale ) flavored with cassis.

Origin of Kir

<French, after Canon Félix Kir (1876–1968), mayor of Dijon, who allegedly created the recipe

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How to use Kir in a sentence

  • Rezon was slain, Damascus given over to plunder and ruin, and its inhabitants transported to Kir.

    Assyria, Its Princes, Priests and People | A. H. (Archibald Henry) Sayce
  • Cerberus, the dog of hell, was denominated from Kir-Abor; as I shall hereafter shew.

  • Genro Kir looked at the proffered circlet, then slowly extended a hand.

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  • In many of the prayer rugs the arches are of the Kir-Shehr order, though the panels may contain vandykes suggestive of Ladiks.

    Oriental Rugs | Walter A. Hawley
  • As a rule, the Kir-Shehrs contain in the field a larger amount of grass-green colour than any other rug.

    Oriental Rugs | Walter A. Hawley

British Dictionary definitions for kir


/ (kɜː, kir) /

  1. a drink made from dry white wine and cassis

Origin of kir

named after Canon F. Kir (1876–1968), mayor of Dijon, who is reputed to have invented it

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