Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A clear, very strong Chinese liquor distilled from sorghum.

Etymologies

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

[After Mao-Tai, a town of Guizhou province, China.]

Examples

  • They may serve mao-tai or other local liquor sometime during the meal.

    ASIAN BUSINESS CUSTOMS & MANNERS

  • •At each place at banquets, the Chinese set three glasses: a large one for beer, soda, or mineral water; a small wineglass; and a stemmed shot glass used for toasting usually with mao-tai, a very strong sorghum liquor.

    ASIAN BUSINESS CUSTOMS & MANNERS

  • Asians are proud of their local beverages, like sake in Japan, soju in Korea, and mao-tai in China.

    ASIAN BUSINESS CUSTOMS & MANNERS

  • Asians are proud of their local beverages, like sake in Japan, soju in Korea, and mao-tai in China.

    ASIAN BUSINESS CUSTOMS & MANNERS

  • They may serve mao-tai or other local liquor sometime during the meal.

    ASIAN BUSINESS CUSTOMS & MANNERS

  • Asians are proud of their local beverages, like sake in Japan, soju in Korea, and mao-tai in China.

    ASIAN BUSINESS CUSTOMS & MANNERS

  • •At each place at banquets, the Chinese set three glasses: a large one for beer, soda, or mineral water; a small wineglass; and a stemmed shot glass used for toasting usually with mao-tai, a very strong sorghum liquor.

    ASIAN BUSINESS CUSTOMS & MANNERS

  • They may serve mao-tai or other local liquor sometime during the meal.

    ASIAN BUSINESS CUSTOMS & MANNERS

  • •At each place at banquets, the Chinese set three glasses: a large one for beer, soda, or mineral water; a small wineglass; and a stemmed shot glass used for toasting usually with mao-tai, a very strong sorghum liquor.

    ASIAN BUSINESS CUSTOMS & MANNERS

  • A half-dozen times on the trip Chang and Sen had sat in the hold, sipped the potent mao-tai that the captain always had in good supply on his ship and talked about life in China and in the United States.

    Excerpt: The Stone Monkey by Jeffery Deaver

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  • Another one for the spirituous drink listers.

    December 21, 2012