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goldwater, n.

Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: Formed within English, by compounding; modelled on a German lexical item. Etymons: gold n.1, water n.
Etymology: < gold n.1 + water n., after German Goldwasser Goldwasser n.
Now rare.

  A kind of liqueur containing particles of gold leaf; = Goldwasser n.

1849   John Bull 17 Feb. (advt.)    Goldwater Danzig.
1862   Internat. Exhib.: Illustr. Catal. Industr. Dept. IV. 62/2   Double Danzic goldwater.
1877   E. S. Dallas Kettner's Bk. of Table 152   Dantzic..has produced the liqueur which is the most beautiful of all to look at—gold-water, a bright colourless liquid like water, with chips of gold-leaf floating in it.
1965   R. Manheim tr. G. Grass Dog Years i. 52   A little glass of goldwater.

1849—1965(Hide quotations)


This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, December 2018).