[ tuh-kee-luh ]
/ təˈki lə /


a strong liquor from Mexico, distilled from fermented mash of an agave.
the plant itself, Agave tequilana.

Nearby words

  1. tepid,
  2. tepidly,
  3. tepp,
  4. teppan-yaki,
  5. tequendama falls,
  6. ter,
  7. ter borch,
  8. ter borch, gerard,
  9. ter-,
  10. ter.

Origin of tequila

First recorded in 1840–50; after Tequila, a town in Jalisco, Mexico, a center for its production

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British Dictionary definitions for tequila


/ (tɪˈkiːlə) /


a spirit that is distilled in Mexico from an agave plant and forms the basis of many mixed drinks
the plant, Agave tequilana, from which this drink is made

Word Origin for tequila

C19: from Mexican Spanish, from Tequila, region of Mexico

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Word Origin and History for tequila



1849, from American Spanish tequila, from Tequila, name of a district in central Mexico noted for the fine quality of its tequila. Tequila sunrise is attested by 1965.

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