liqueur

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Borrowing from French liqueur.

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liqueur ‎(countable and uncountable, 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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liqueur ‎(third-person singular simple present liqueurs, present participle liqueuring, simple past and past participle liqueured)

  1. to flavor or treat (wine) with a liqueur
  2. to top up bottles of sparkling wine with a sugar solution
    Every champagne has to be liqueured after its disgorgement, to replace the inevitable loss.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin liquor.

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liqueur f ‎(plural liqueurs)

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

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Usage notes[edit]

  • Liqueur and liquor are false friends: French liqueur never applies to alcoholic drinks in general.
  • 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 term.

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