Kir Royale

Origin of Kir Royale

< French: royal Kir


  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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for kir royale


  1. 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 royale



"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.

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