liqueur (countable and uncountable, plural liqueurs)
- 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.
Terms etymologically related to liqueur
a flavored alcoholic beverage
liqueur (third-person singular simple present liqueurs, present participle liqueuring, simple past and past participle liqueured)
- to flavor or treat (wine) with a liqueur
- to top up bottles of sparkling wine with a sugar solution
- Every champagne has to be liqueured after its disgorgement, to replace the inevitable loss.
Borrowing from Latin liquor.
liqueur f (plural liqueurs)
- alcoholic liqueur
- (literary) drinkable liquid
- (Canada) fizzy drink, pop
- (obsolete) liquid
- Liqueur and liquor are false friends: French liqueur never applies to alcoholic drinks in general.
- The Quebec use of the term is frequently targeted as an anglicism (from liquor), even though the meaning ("non-alcoholic drink") is older and has little connection to either English term.