Definition of liqueur in English:

liqueur

Pronunciation: /liˈk(y)o͝or//liˈkər/

noun

  • A strong, sweet alcoholic liquor, usually drunk after a meal.

    • ‘A number of licorice - flavored liqueurs such as anisette, pastis and ouzo are made with anise seed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once inside, the teenagers were treated to a champagne reception followed by a three course meal with coffee and liqueurs.’
    • ‘This new name will market a greatly enhanced portfolio of wines, champagnes, spirits, beers 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The more adventurous hobbyist can go beyond beer and wine and turn their hands to liqueurs or to spirits like gin.’
    • ‘This creamy, sweet whisky liqueur is more of a sipper with coffee than a glugger over ice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And some of the best ingredients to work with are cordials, liqueurs and schnapps.’
    • ‘Rosolio came to denote a whole class of cordials and liqueurs.’
    • ‘A liqueur is essentially a spirit base - such as rum, vodka or whisky - with added flavouring, such as fruit concentrates or herbs and spices.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seville orange segments or slices can be preserved in sweet syrup or alcohol, such as brandy, orange liqueur or vodka.’
    • ‘Brandy, cognac and liqueurs were also available on adjoining tables.’
    • ‘Passion fruit also works marvelously with a wide range of spirits and liqueurs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from French, liquor.

Pronunciation:

liqueur

/liˈk(y)o͝or//liˈkər/