[ li-kur or, esp. British, -kyoo r; French lee-kœr ]
/ lɪˈkɜr or, esp. British, -ˈkyʊər; French liˈkœr /


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

Can be confused

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

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British Dictionary definitions for liqueur


/ (lɪˈkjʊə, French likœr) /


  1. any of several highly flavoured sweetened spirits such as kirsch or cointreau, intended to be drunk after a meal
  2. (as modifier)liqueur glass
a small hollow chocolate sweet containing liqueur

Word Origin for liqueur

C18: from French; see liquor
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