Definition of syrup in English:


Syllabification: syr·up
Pronunciation: /ˈsirəp, ˈsər-
(also sirup)


  • 1A thick sweet liquid made by dissolving sugar in boiling water, often used for preserving fruit.
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    • Select canned fruit in its own juice or water, not heavy syrup, and frozen fruit without added sugar.
    • Make a simple mint syrup by boiling sugar and water together for 5 minutes; cool.
    • Candied fruits and fruits preserved in syrup are also traditional.
  • 1.1A thick sweet liquid containing medicine or used as a drink: cough syrup
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    • This type of sedation involves swallowing sedative tablets or syrup.
    • Boxes of medicines, varying from children's syrup to Viagra and antiretrovirals, were found in the warehouse.
    • Simple cough mixtures contain ingredients known as demulcents, for example glycerin, honey and syrup.
  • 1.2A thick sticky liquid derived from a sugar-rich plant, especially sugar cane, corn, and maple.
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    • The sugar syrup would then be processed to extract a liquid sucrose for sale to U.S. food processors for use in breakfast cereal, ice cream, and candy.
    • Sticky rice prepared with coconut milk and sugarcane syrup is wrapped in banana leaves.
    • Molasses is a byproduct of the sugar refining process, it is the thick syrup you get when you boil down the sugar cane juices to extract sugar.
  • 1.3Excessive sweetness or sentimentality of style or manner: Mr. Gurney’s poems are almost all of them syrup
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    • Jill dripped her words with syrup and the sweetness in her tone made the guard nauseous.


late Middle English: from Old French sirop or medieval Latin siropus, from Arabic šarāb 'beverage'; compare with sherbet and shrub2.

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