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

Examples from the Web for vermouth

Contemporary Examples of vermouth

  • Campari, Vermouth, and elderflower have all been used throughout history to treat measles, inflammatory diseases, and more.

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    Lights, Camera, Cocktails

    Brody Brown

    September 11, 2011

  • But then I had another startling revelation—one that could not be so easily washed off with vermouth… 48.

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    Life as the 'PC Guy'

    The Daily Beast Video

    November 9, 2009

Historical Examples of vermouth

  • He bundled them all into a wineshop where they took some vermouth.


    Emile Zola

  • "All right, I'm going," replied Wulf, as he drank his fifth vermouth.

    A Royal Prisoner

    Pierre Souvestre

  • There he could sit for an hour, and drink his vermouth and watch the Florentines.

    Aaron's Rod

    D. H. Lawrence

  • Drink your vermouth, take that bundle of cigarettes, and hunt Zoug-Zoug else where.

  • It was her request for a vermouth that had prompted my sudden question.

British Dictionary definitions for vermouth



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper