Definition of chartreuse in English:


Syllabification: char·treuse
Pronunciation: /SHärˈtro͞oz, -ˈtro͞os


  • 1A pale green or yellow liqueur made from brandy and aromatic herbs.
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    • The skin should also include all the white pith (leaving the grapefruit flesh that can be cut up, sweetened and marinated in some green chartreuse for another meal like breakfast).
    • Thujone is extracted from the wormwood leaves used in flavouring absinthe as well as vermouth and green chartreuse.
    • For Jim it was sipping green chartreuse outside the Angel in Easingwold with only 12 miles to the York finish line.
  • 1.1A pale yellow or green color resembling the liqueur chartreuse.
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    • Bold oranges, pinks and greens - but not chartreuse - are the hot hues among today's young home furnishers.
    • Her coordinated use of color - burgundy, chartreuse, pink, purple, and blue - ties the garden together.
    • Add a third color to enhance the other two: chartreuse with purple and orange, for example, or pink with yellow and blue.
  • 2A dish made in a mold using pieces of meat, vegetables, or (now most often) fruit in jelly.
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    • And then a scallop raviolo came with a chartreuse and lobster sauce that was the richest and most ambitious of the day and, as it happens, the most successful.
    • And the pale green pistachios actually perfected the presentation (mahogany duck, pale yellow sauce/cheese, chartreuse and mid-tan nuts).
    • Still, he deftly accessorizes the dish with flying fish roe turned chartreuse with wasabi and a clever fried wonton basket bearing snappy daikon radish and pea shoots.


named after La Grande Chartreuse, the Carthusian monastery near Grenoble, France, where the liqueur (sense 1) was first made; sense 2 is an extended use.

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