[ li-kur or, especially British, -kyoor; French lee-kœr ]
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  1. any of a class of alcoholic liquors, usually strong, sweet, and highly flavored, as Chartreuse or curaçao, generally served after dinner; cordial.

Origin of liqueur

From French, dating back to 1735–45; see origin at liquor

Words that may be confused with liqueur

Words Nearby liqueur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use liqueur in a sentence

  • But to really act like a local, ask for a drink of yolixpa, a strong-flavored but sweet liqueur.

  • St. Germain Elderflower liqueur Stir ingredients with ice in a mixing glass and pour over fresh ice in a rocks glass.

    Lights, Camera, Cocktails | Brody Brown | September 11, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • I also wanted to incorporate Licor 43, which is a Spanish liqueur that has an airy sweetness reminiscent of cotton candy.

  • In a shaker filled with ice, add the red pepper vodka, chocolate liqueur, Sriracha hot sauce, grenadine, and chocolate syrup.

    Valentine's Day Cocktail Recipes to Fall in Love With | Alie Ward, Georgia Hardstark | February 9, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • He made a sweeping gesture, knocking over his liqueur glass; it fell with a crash on the parquet floor.

    Uncanny Tales | Various
  • But what of the love, however expressed, in the lyrical invocation to the brown liqueur?

    Charles Baudelaire, His Life | Thophile Gautier
  • I, with grudging meekness and a prayer for another five minutes devoted to the deglutition of another liqueur brandy, acquiesced.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke
  • Barbara and Doria went into the drawing-room, where Jaffery and I, after a perfunctory liqueur brandy, soon joined them.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke
  • The members of the crew had hardly swallowed their thimbleful of some home-made liqueur, when the rumble of a carriage was heard.

British Dictionary definitions for liqueur


/ (lɪˈkjʊə, French likœr) /

    • any of several highly flavoured sweetened spirits such as kirsch or cointreau, intended to be drunk after a meal

    • (as modifier): liqueur glass

  1. a small hollow chocolate sweet containing liqueur

Origin of liqueur

C18: from French; see liquor

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