liqueur

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See also: liquor

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French liqueur.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /lɪˈkjʊə/, /lɪˈkjɔː/

Noun[edit]

liqueur (plural liqueurs)

  1. A flavored alcoholic beverage that is usually very sweet and contains a high percentage of alcohol. Cordials are a type of liqueur manufactured using the infusion process as opposed to the essence and distillation processes.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin liquor.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

liqueur f (plural liqueurs)

  1. alcoholic liqueur
  2. (literary) drinkable liquid
  3. (Quebec) fizzy drink, pop
  4. (obsolete) liquid

Usage notes[edit]

  • Liqueur and liquor are false friends: French liqueur never applies to alcoholic drinks specifically.
  • The Quebec use of the term is frequently targeted as an anglicism (from liquor), even though the meaning ("non-alcoholic drink") is older and has little connection to either English terms.

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