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[kwahn-troh; French kwan-troh] /ˈkwɑn troʊ; French kwɛ̃ˈtroʊ/

a colorless, orange-flavored liqueur.
trademark a colourless liqueur with orange flavouring

an orange-flavored French liqueur that is a colorless form of curaçao
Word Origin

created in 1849 in France by confectioner Adolphe Cointreau and his brother, Edouard-Jean
Usage Note


orange-flavored liqueur, named for founders Adolphe and Edouard-Jean Cointreau, brothers from Angers, France, who set up Cointreau Distillery in 1849. The orange liqueur dates from 1875.


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