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liqueur

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

From French, dating back to 1735–45; see origin at liquor
Can be confusedliqueur liquor
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liqueur

noun
    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
  1. a small hollow chocolate sweet containing liqueur
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Word Origin

C18: from French; see liquor
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Word Origin and History for liqueur

n.

"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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