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[awr-zhat; French awr-zha]
  1. a syrup or drink made originally from barley but later from almonds, prepared with sugar and an extract of orange flowers.
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Origin of orgeat

1745–55; < French < Provençal orjat, derivative of orge barley < Latin hordeum
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Historical Examples

  • Blan was in the act of handing a glass of orgeat to his wife.

    Le Cocu (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XVIII)

    Charles Paul de Kock

  • Then add the orgeat, and whip the mixture well with a whisk, so as to whiten it.

    Cakes &amp; Ale

    Edward Spencer

  • They treat their company with coffee, tea, lemonade, orgeat and cake.

    Abigail Adams and Her Times

    Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards

  • A joker kept crying from time to time: "Orgeat, lemonade, beer."

  • The orgeat does not ferment and the thick liquid may be diluted in water, half an inch for a whole tumbler of iced water.

British Dictionary definitions for orgeat


  1. a drink made from barley or almonds, and orange flower water
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Word Origin

C18: via French, from orge barley, from Latin hordeum
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