[ ver-mooth ]
/ vərˈmuθ /


an aromatized white wine in which herbs, roots, barks, bitters, and other flavorings have been steeped.

Origin of vermouth

1800–10; < French (now vermout) < German Wermuth (now Wermut) absinthe, wormwood Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vermouth


/ (ˈvɜːməθ, vəˈmuːθ) /


any of several wines containing aromatic herbs and some other flavourings

Word Origin for vermouth

C19: from French, from German Wermut wormwood (absinthe)
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Word Origin and History for vermouth



1806, from French vermouth, from German Wermuth "wormwood," from Middle High German wermuot, from Old High German wermuota (see wormwood), name of the aromatic herb formerly used in the flavoring of the liqueur.

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