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lɪˈkɜr, -ˈkyʊərliqueur

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. liqueur, cordialnoun

    strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal


  1. liqueurnoun

    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.

  2. Etymology: From liqueur.


  1. Liqueur

    A liqueur (US: li-KUR, UK: li-KURE, French: [likœʁ]) is an alcoholic drink composed of spirits (often rectified spirit) and additional flavorings such as sugar, fruits, herbs, and spices. Often served with or after dessert, they are typically heavily sweetened and un-aged beyond a resting period during production, when necessary, for their flavors to mingle. Liqueurs are historical descendants of herbal medicines. They were made in Italy as early as the 13th century, often prepared by monks (for example, Chartreuse). Today they are produced all over the world, commonly served neat, over ice, with coffee, in cocktails, and used in cooking.


  1. liqueur

    Liqueur is an alcoholic beverage made from distilled spirits that have been flavored with fruit, cream, herbs, spices, nuts, or other botanicals and typically sweetened. It is often used for cocktails, cooking or consumed straight, usually after a meal. Unlike other spirits, liqueurs are notably known for their sweetness and lower alcohol content. Some popular examples include Baileys, Kahlua, and Grand Marnier.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Liqueurnoun

    an aromatic alcoholic cordial

  2. Etymology: [F. See Liquor.]


  1. Liqueur

    A liqueur is an alcoholic beverage made from a distilled spirit that has been flavored with fruit, cream, herbs, spices, flowers or nuts and bottled with added sugar or other sweetener. Liqueurs are typically quite sweet; they are usually not aged for long after the ingredients are mixed, but may have resting periods during their production to allow flavors to marry. In the United States and Canada, where spirits are often called "liquor", there is often confusion over liqueurs and liquors, especially as many spirits today are available in flavored form. The most reliable rule of thumb is that liqueurs are quite sweet and often syrupy in consistency, while liquors are not. Most liqueurs have a lower alcohol content than spirits, but some contain as much as 55% ABV. In parts of the United States, liqueurs may also be called cordials or schnapps, while in large parts of the British Commonwealth, cordial means a concentrated non-alcoholic fruit syrup that is diluted to taste and consumed as a non-carbonated soft drink, and in Germany and Scandinavia, schnapps means a form of brandy or aquavit.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Liqueur

    li-kėr′, n. the name given to the many alcoholic preparations which are flavoured or perfumed and sweetened to be more agreeable to the taste—chartreuse, cherry brandy, curaçao, benedictine, kümmel, maraschino, &c.—ns. Liqueur′-glass, a very small drinking-glass intended for liqueurs or cordials; Liqueur′ing, the process of qualifying wine by means of liqueur. [Fr.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of liqueur in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of liqueur in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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