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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of kir

  • Kir reached for his belt, then dropped his hand again as he found nothing there.

    The Players

    Everett B. Cole

  • Lanko herded Kir in front of him, and entered his own flier.

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    Everett B. Cole

  • And Sira Nal was forced to admit that such a move might be allowed by Kir.

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  • Kir Kaian lies to the west of Fardan, on the road to Tubaran.

    The Gates of India

    Thomas Holdich

  • The word Cyrnos itself has been derived from the Phœnician, Kir—horn, promontory.

British Dictionary definitions for kir



a drink made from dry white wine and cassis

Word Origin for kir

named after Canon F. Kir (1876–1968), mayor of Dijon, who is reputed to have invented it
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Word Origin and History for kir

"white wine and crème de cassis," 1966 (popular in U.S. 1980s), from Canon Felix Kir (1876-1968), mayor of Dijon, who is said to have invented the recipe.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper