Definitions

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

  • n. A white Brazilian rum made from sugar cane.

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  • n. A liquor made from fermented sugarcane juice, a popular spirit in Brazil.

Etymologies

Portuguese cachaça.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Portuguese (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The boy's father, Gessivaldo Alves, said his ex-wife found a bottle of a sugar cane liquor called cachaca and other objects used in black magic ceremonies in the home.

    Signs of the Times

  • What family members didn't know was that Goncalves had spent the night at a truck stop talking with friends over drinks of a sugarcane liquor known as cachaca, his niece Rosa Sampaio told the O Globo newspaper.

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  • What family members didn't know was that Goncalves had spent the night at a truck stop talking with friends and drinking a sugar cane liquor known as cachaca, his niece Rosa Sampaio told the O Globo newspaper.

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  • Estadio's sangrias are probably my favorites in D.C., though - try the red version with fiery cachaca liqueur from Brazil, mint and fresh-squeezed lime.

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  • Perched atop 750-foot Urca Mountain beside Rio's signature granite monolith, Sugarloaf Mountain, Abencoada stocks 50 different kinds of cachaca, which they blend with watermelon, kiwi, passion fruit, cherry or mango juices.

    Jeanine Barone: 8 Myths About Rio de Janeiro

  • MYTH: You won't find cachaca the key ingredient in caipirinhas in upscale bars and restaurants.

    Jeanine Barone: 8 Myths About Rio de Janeiro

  • Among bars where you are bound to find fashionable clientele imbibing caipirinhas or other beverages employing cachaca is the Bar D'Hotel at Marina All Suites, the Baretto-Londra at Hotel Fasano and the Bar do Copa at Copacabana Palace.

    Jeanine Barone: 8 Myths About Rio de Janeiro

  • • A look at the best events for the weekend, including a cachaca tasting, the D.C. Independent Film Festival, the return of the Washington Ballet's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-inspired collaboration with the In Series and a good ol' Cajun dance party.

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  • Before you come back down, enjoy a sweet caipirinha, a drink made of mulled fruit and cachaca, at Abencoado, an adorable mountain-top cafe.

    Annemarie Dooling: Four Must-See Sites in Rio de Janeiro

  • To my delight, cachaca hits subtler notes without cutting the alcohol, and adjusts well for upcoming winter libations.

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