Definition of Kool-Aid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkuːleɪd/


[mass noun] North American , trademark
A powder that is added to water or another liquid to make a fruit-flavoured soft drink: a pitcher of cherry Kool-Aid
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  • I promptly poured myself a big, cold glass of the finest Kool-Aid.
  • But I felt much better about this one and had a big glass of Kool-Aid.
  • Catfish anglers are doing well in 15 feet of water with sliced hot dogs and chicken soaked overnight in grape Kool-Aid.


drink the Kool-Aid

informal Demonstrate unquestioning obedience or loyalty to someone or something: his real ire is directed at the news media for drinking the Kool-Aid and not being tougher on the president
With allusion to an incident in 1978 in which members of the People's Temple, a religious and political group in Jonestown, Guyana, committed mass suicide by drinking a cyanide-laced soft drink thought to be similar to Kool-Aid
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  • Her sin is that she refuses to drink the Kool-Aid and presses people to provide verifiable facts.
  • It is strange that after he accuses his opponent of having "drank the Kool-Aid", he then complains that they call anyone who disagrees of being a bigot.
  • A lot of the press also drank the Kool-Aid in the first year.


1920s: from kool, an informal respelling of cool + -aid, a respelling of -ade, after lemonade, orangeade, etc..

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