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tequila

[tuh-kee-luh]
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noun
  1. a strong liquor from Mexico, distilled from fermented mash of an agave.
  2. the plant itself, Agave tequilana.
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Origin of tequila

First recorded in 1840–50; after Tequila, a town in Jalisco, Mexico, a center for its production
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  • He hadn't had a tequila in a long time, and he thought he owed it to himself.

    Out Like a Light

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Tequila was the only concession the Nuevo Mexico Bar made to its name.

    Medal of Honor

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • It is not wine he is drinking, but the whisky of Tequila, distilled from the wild maguey.

    The Lone Ranche

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • He had a glass of tequila in one hand, the salted half of a lemon in the other.

    At the Post

    Horace Leonard Gold

  • They had brought something else too: a bottle of milky liquor that Tom claimed was tequila.

    Beginners Luck

    Emily Hahn


British Dictionary definitions for tequila

tequila

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

C19: from Mexican Spanish, from Tequila, region of Mexico
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Word Origin and History for tequila

n.

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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