Definition of liqueur in English:

liqueur

noun

  • 1A strong, sweet alcoholic spirit, usually drunk after a meal:

    ‘an Italian almond-flavoured liqueur’
    [mass noun] ‘fruit cocktail laced with liqueur’
    • ‘And it doesn't end there - you also have to look at alcoholic drinks that are high in sugars like sweet wine, port, liqueurs and beer.’
    • ‘This new name will market a greatly enhanced portfolio of wines, champagnes, spirits, beers and liqueurs.’
    • ‘Certainly, but it is the amazing enterprise of a local family company which is one of the largest importers of spirits, wines and liqueurs into Jordan that was the prime mover.’
    • ‘Spirits and liqueurs don't live indefinitely, but their deterioration is slow and slight, as you will know if you have a hoard of liqueur from Christmases past at the back of the cupboard.’
    • ‘He told David to experiment with honey in the manufacture of beer and wine, but he always seemed to find that the wine had a burnt smell, and tasted too sweet, like a liqueur.’
    • ‘This creamy, sweet whisky liqueur is more of a sipper with coffee than a glugger over ice.’
    • ‘He also produces fruit royale liqueurs, lower in alcohol and made of pear, raspberry, and cherry wines fortified with eaux-de-vie, as well as a clear, potent, dry, fruity grappa.’
    • ‘The owner - who is more used to selling pizza slices and panini to his hungry customers - has tried his hand at mixing some fine concoctions with genuine spirits and liqueurs for an icy booze blast.’
    • ‘A liqueur is essentially a spirit base - such as rum, vodka or whisky - with added flavouring, such as fruit concentrates or herbs and spices.’
    • ‘Rosolio came to denote a whole class of cordials and liqueurs.’
    • ‘Brandy, cognac and liqueurs were also available on adjoining tables.’
    • ‘Bottles for spirits and liqueurs have already been produced with distinctive finishes and a range of coloured stem glasses, vases and other glassware is under development.’
    • ‘Seville orange segments or slices can be preserved in sweet syrup or alcohol, such as brandy, orange liqueur or vodka.’
    • ‘And some of the best ingredients to work with are cordials, liqueurs and schnapps.’
    • ‘Even if it is horrible, it won't have cost much, as all drinks are no more than £1.85 tonight, and there's an extensive list of beers, spirits, liqueurs, shots, alcopops and wines to choose from.’
    • ‘Once inside, the teenagers were treated to a champagne reception followed by a three course meal with coffee and liqueurs.’
    • ‘A number of licorice - flavored liqueurs such as anisette, pastis and ouzo are made with anise seed.’
    • ‘The more adventurous hobbyist can go beyond beer and wine and turn their hands to liqueurs or to spirits like gin.’
    • ‘Passion fruit also works marvelously with a wide range of spirits and liqueurs.’
    • ‘The bar in the main room displays spirits, beers and liqueurs beneath a wooden platform but we like the cosy back bar where drinkers sit on soft cushions or recline on Persian carpets as if transported to a Middle Eastern bordello.’
    1. 1.1 A chocolate with a liqueur filling:
      ‘a box of liqueurs’
      • ‘I'm going home tomorrow - hefting heavy sound kit that I didn't use, with bags full of chocolate bars and Swiss liqueurs to give as presents.’
      • ‘There's still quite a bit of the Christmas chocolate left over, so tonight we followed dinner with a couple of liqueur chocolates to cheer us up while looking at the room, which suddenly now seems so drab and bare.’
      • ‘He had settled instead for a box of liqueur chocolates.’
      • ‘Last year the business sold 12,000 bottles of sloe gin and 20,000 boxes of sloe liqueur chocolates.’
      • ‘Our home may be a spirit-free zone, apart from the booze in the utility room and the secret stash of liqueur chocolates in the airing cupboard, but it not entirely fright free.’
      • ‘You're too smashed to eat it, so you finish off the chocolate liqueurs.’
      • ‘We started off at Fortnum and Mason's store where my dad wanted to get some good chocolate liqueurs.’
      • ‘Truman Capote said that Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.’
      • ‘‘Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go,’ said Truman Capote and suddenly we knew it was time to leave the feminine wiles of this ancient city with its masks and mystery.’
      • ‘It was a bit like eating a chocolate liqueur, but not being allowed to have the nice bit in the middle.’
      • ‘Not only that, it's an opportunity to find decorations, tins of biscuits, liqueur chocolates etc, and all the other bits and pieces that you cannot find anywhere else.’
      • ‘11 pm - Lose twenty quid and a box of chocolate liqueurs to my father at poker.’
      • ‘Eventually he delved into his bag and presented them with a bar of liqueur chocolate, then told them they couldn't eat it because of their religion so he was going to have to take it back and give them a plain bar…’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from French, liquor.

Pronunciation:

liqueur

/lɪˈkjʊə/