Definitions

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  • noun A Korean liquor usually distilled from rice.

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  • noun A Korean distilled alcoholic beverage, similar to sake.

Etymologies

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[Korean soju : so, to burn, roast (in reference to heating during distillation) (from Middle Chinese ʂiaw) + ju, wine, from Middle Chinese tsiw´, wine, alcoholic beverage.]

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From Korean 소주 (soju) - burnt liquor

Examples

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  • a distilled liquor, made from rice, often described as the Korean vodka. Popular as shots, mixed into cocktails (sojutinis took off in the U.S. because soju can be sold under a beer & wine license), and dunked into glasses of beer to make "bomb" alcohol a la Irish Car Bombs. Example sentence: "For some reason, I never feel or look as happy as the actresses on the soju advertisements after a 2-bottles-of-soju night."

    June 9, 2009