- (written as vermouth)A spice, herb and essential oil flavoured wine used as an aperitif and as a flavouring agent
- noun (written as vermouth)a type of strong wine flavoured with herbs
- a fortified wine that has been flavoured with aromatic herbs or spices and is most often used as an apéritif or in cocktails. Dry white, or French, vermouth can be served by itself or as part of classic dry cocktails such as the martini; sweet vermouth is a dark golden colour and can be served by itself or as part of classic sweet cocktails. Chambéry is a light aromatic vermouth made in the French Alps.
Origin & History of “vermouth ”
Vermouth gets its name from its being originally flavoured with wormwood, a bitter-tasting plant. The German term for the plant, and the drink, is wermut, a word of unknown origin, and this passed into English via French vermout. (The corresponding Old English name for the plant, incidentally, was wermōd, and this was later altered to wormwood from the use of the plant as a cure for intestinal worms.).