[ keersh ]
/ kɪərʃ /


a fragrant, colorless, unaged brandy distilled from a fermented mash of cherries, produced especially in Germany, Switzerland, and Alsace, France.

Origin of kirsch

1810–20; < German Kirsch, shortened form of Kirschwasser, equivalent to Kirsch(e) cherry + Wasser water
Also called kirsch·was·ser [keersh-vah-ser] /ˈkɪərʃˌvɑ sər/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kirschwasser


Kirschwasser (ˈkɪəʃˌvɑːsə)

/ (kɪəʃ) /


a brandy distilled from cherries, made chiefly in the Black Forest in Germany and in the Jura and Vosges districts of France

Word Origin for Kirsch

German Kirschwasser cherry water
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Word Origin and History for kirschwasser



"liquor distilled from fermented cherry juice," 1819, from German Kirschwasser, literally "cherry-water;" first element from Middle High German kirse, from Old High German kirsa, from Vulgar Latin *ceresia, from Late Latin cerasium "cherry" (see cherry). For second element, see water (n.1).

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