One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun A pale green or yellow liqueur made from brandy and aromatic herbs.
- ‘The skin should also include all the white pith (leaving the grapefruit flesh that can be cut up, sweetened and marinated in some green chartreuse for another meal like breakfast).’
- ‘Maraschino liqueur isn't too cheap and can be a pain to find; and Chartreuse is expensive, often topping forty dollars a bottle.’
- ‘The night before I was to travel home for Christmas, she gave me Sam Shepard's musings in The Motel Chronicles over a green chartreuse at Vesuvio's.’
- ‘I want some chartreuse is that a problem with you sir?’
- ‘Thujone is extracted from the wormwood leaves used in flavouring absinthe as well as vermouth and green chartreuse.’
- ‘For Jim it was sipping green chartreuse outside the Angel in Easingwold with only 12 miles to the York finish line.’
- 1.1 A pale yellow or green colour resembling the liqueur chartreuse.
- ‘The intermediate colors - yellow, chartreuse, and green - are similarly reversed.’
- ‘This may not be reason enough to paint the whole house in this chilly greenish yellow, but chartreuse is certainly a color worth knowing if you're planning on being conversant in the finer points of home décor.’
- ‘Now the once-white greenhouse is painted cobalt blue and trimmed with chartreuse; red and salmon pink roses grow beside it for vivid contrast.’
- ‘Gold varieties must have some direct sun for their full color to develop; in shade they become chartreuse.’
- ‘White, yellow and chartreuse are proven patterns.’
- ‘A single species may have several color varieties, or morphs, ranging from brown to red, orange, yellow, and even chartreuse.’
- ‘A single color unifies the grouping, but shades ranking from olive to chartreuse keep it interesting.’
- ‘Purchase a high-contrast color such as hot pink or chartreuse.’
- ‘The pipe was painted golden yellow and the box chartreuse.’
- ‘Her coordinated use of color - burgundy, chartreuse, pink, purple, and blue - ties the garden together.’
- ‘When Wray slathers one of the large paintings in yellow chartreuse, the effect is jarring and delirious.’
- ‘In this graceful work, a warm haze, modulated from white gold at the top to chartreuse at the bottom, envelops the viewer in an air of quiet introspection.’
- ‘But the water lettuce does look pretty good, spreading the color chartreuse out across the surface of the water.’
- ‘Add a third color to enhance the other two: chartreuse with purple and orange, for example, or pink with yellow and blue.’
- ‘Some are deep green, others bright chartreuse.’
- ‘Terry devised a novel ‘triple drapery’ of three sheer fabrics - in shades of chartreuse, amber, and amethyst - attached by rings to sculpted wrought-iron rods.’
- ‘That color ranges from deep shades of brown, purple, ultramarine and emerald, up through hot pink, fire-engine red, fluorescent chartreuse and grating lavender.’
- ‘The centers of the leaves are chartreuse in late May, then slowly change to bright gold by mid-July.’
- ‘Bold oranges, pinks and greens - but not chartreuse - are the hot hues among today's young home furnishers.’
- ‘Nearly the entire southwest facade is made up of vertical panes of alternating pink, chartreuse, blue, and yellow glazing.’
2A dish made in a mould using pieces of meat, game, vegetables, or (now most often) fruit in jelly.
- ‘And the pale green pistachios actually perfected the presentation (mahogany duck, pale yellow sauce/cheese, chartreuse and mid-tan nuts).’
- ‘If serving chartreuse cold, place a weight on top of the cooked mold and chill.’
- ‘And then a scallop raviolo came with a chartreuse and lobster sauce that was the richest and most ambitious of the day and, as it happens, the most successful.’
- ‘Still, he deftly accessorizes the dish with flying fish roe turned chartreuse with wasabi and a clever fried wonton basket bearing snappy daikon radish and pea shoots.’
Named after La Grande Chartreuse, the Carthusian monastery near Grenoble, where the liqueur ( chartreuse (sense 1)) was first made; chartreuse (sense 2) is an extended use.
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