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

Origin of tequila

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

Historical Examples of tequila

  • 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



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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