Definition of demerara in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdeməˈrerə//ˌdeməˈrärə/


  • 1Partially refined light brown cane sugar coming originally from Guyana.

    Compare with turbinado sugar
    • ‘For the record, our sugars are regular white granulated, fructose, light brown, superfine, palm, powdered, turbinado, muscovado, and demerara.’
    • ‘He suggested toasted oats and hazelnuts, sultanas, raspberries, apple or orange juice, grated apple and a tablespoon of honey or demerara sugar, with natural yoghurt to bind it all.’
    • ‘Cream together the unsalted butter and demerara sugar until light and fluffy.’
    • ‘In a separate bowl, mix the butter and demerara sugar together until it resembles breadcrumbs.’
    • ‘Sprinkle the demerara sugar and rosemary over the top then crumble the remaining mixture over to more or less cover.’
  • 2A dark rum fermented from molasses, made in Guyana.

    • ‘Anyway, today I picked up some Passion fruit juice so I could make the Demerara cocktail.’
    • ‘Strain into a highball filled with ice and gently float the Demerara rum over the top - this will give it a strong nose and taste at the first sip.’


Mid 19th century: named after the region of Demerara.




Definition of Demerara in English:


Pronunciation /-ˈrärə//ˌdeməˈre(ə)rə/

proper noun

  • A river in northern Guyana. Rising in the Guiana Highlands, it flows north for about 200 miles (320 km) to the Atlantic Ocean.