Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An alcoholic liquor distilled from the fermented juice of the Central American century plant Agave tequilana.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An alcoholic liquor distilled from the fermented juice of the Central American century plant Agave tequilana

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An intoxicating liquor made from the maguey in the district of Tequila, Mexico.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Mexican liquor made from fermented juices of an agave plant

Etymologies

American Spanish, after Tequila, a town of west-central Mexico.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish tequila, from Nahuatl Tequillan (a town in Mexico where the drink was originally made). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I don’t mind tequila (especially good tequila; this was middle of the road tequila… better than Cuervo, not as good as Don Julio) but I really prefer it to be slightly chilled, which this was not.

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  • Interest in tequila is growing, and along with a tequila drinking course complete with certificate, day tours out of Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, and Guadalajara have become popular.

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  • The winner was Erika, who made what she called a tequila mousse and margarita bomb.

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  • According to the article you cite: While agave spirit and tequila are the same thing, the name "tequila" is protected under international trade laws.

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  • Really good blanco tequila is hard to find here and damned expensive if you do find it.

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  • The distillation of agaves to produce tequila is believed to date from the second half of the 16th century; the earliest substantiated written record dates from 1621.

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  • While last weekend's season finale left Avion on the rocks, this smooth tequila is sure to make a splash until the series returns.

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  • I can't offer margaritas on my garden patio right now because I haven't replaced my tequila from the last group that passed through.

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  • They taught us that tequila is great to bring hiking because you can drink it at room temperature and it mixes well with the powdered lemonade that was strangely abundant in the galley.

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  • You say the word tequila and some people cringe with horror or they have memories of times gone by that are best left alone.

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