[ 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 confusedliqueur 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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Word Origin and History for liqueur



"sweetened, flavored alcoholic liquor," 1729, from French liqueur "liquor, liquid," from Old French licor "liquid." See liquor, which is the same word but borrowed earlier.

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