Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, late 19th century
A pale green or yellow liqueur made from brandy and aromatic herbs.
A pale yellow or green color resembling the liqueur chartreuse.
Examples of Chartreuse in a sentence
"To celebrate the project’s success, the team leader brought in some chartreuse to share."
"I forgot it was St. Patrick’s Day until I noticed folks wearing every shade of green from chartreuse to kelly."
Popularity Over Time
Chartreuse originated in French, specifically from the La Grande Chartreuse, a monastery that produced the liquor of the same name.
Did you Know?
The specific shade of green now recognized as chartreuse comes from an alcoholic beverage of the same name. Chartreuse, a liquor made from brandy and a blend of aromatic herbs, is named for the La Grande Chartreuse, the monastery that first made it. This beverage is imbibed on its own, but is best appreciated as an addition to a cocktail.