Meaning of chartreuse in English:


Pronunciation /ʃɑːˈtrəːz/

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  • 1mass noun A pale green or yellow liqueur made from brandy and aromatic herbs.

    ‘The skin should also include all the white pith (leaving the grapefruit flesh that can be cut up, sweetened and marinated in some green chartreuse for another meal like breakfast).’
    • ‘Thujone is extracted from the wormwood leaves used in flavouring absinthe as well as vermouth and green chartreuse.’
    • ‘For Jim it was sipping green chartreuse outside the Angel in Easingwold with only 12 miles to the York finish line.’
    • ‘The night before I was to travel home for Christmas, she gave me Sam Shepard's musings in The Motel Chronicles over a green chartreuse at Vesuvio's.’
    • ‘I want some chartreuse is that a problem with you sir?’
    • ‘Maraschino liqueur isn't too cheap and can be a pain to find; and Chartreuse is expensive, often topping forty dollars a bottle.’
    1. 1.1A pale yellow or green colour resembling the liqueur chartreuse.
      ‘Bold oranges, pinks and greens - but not chartreuse - are the hot hues among today's young home furnishers.’
      • ‘Her coordinated use of color - burgundy, chartreuse, pink, purple, and blue - ties the garden together.’
      • ‘Add a third color to enhance the other two: chartreuse with purple and orange, for example, or pink with yellow and blue.’
      • ‘The intermediate colors - yellow, chartreuse, and green - are similarly reversed.’
      • ‘Some are deep green, others bright chartreuse.’
      • ‘This may not be reason enough to paint the whole house in this chilly greenish yellow, but chartreuse is certainly a color worth knowing if you're planning on being conversant in the finer points of home décor.’
      • ‘White, yellow and chartreuse are proven patterns.’
      • ‘A single species may have several color varieties, or morphs, ranging from brown to red, orange, yellow, and even chartreuse.’
      • ‘The pipe was painted golden yellow and the box chartreuse.’
      • ‘When Wray slathers one of the large paintings in yellow chartreuse, the effect is jarring and delirious.’
      • ‘Nearly the entire southwest facade is made up of vertical panes of alternating pink, chartreuse, blue, and yellow glazing.’
      • ‘But the water lettuce does look pretty good, spreading the color chartreuse out across the surface of the water.’
      • ‘Terry devised a novel ‘triple drapery’ of three sheer fabrics - in shades of chartreuse, amber, and amethyst - attached by rings to sculpted wrought-iron rods.’
      • ‘That color ranges from deep shades of brown, purple, ultramarine and emerald, up through hot pink, fire-engine red, fluorescent chartreuse and grating lavender.’
      • ‘Now the once-white greenhouse is painted cobalt blue and trimmed with chartreuse; red and salmon pink roses grow beside it for vivid contrast.’
      • ‘In this graceful work, a warm haze, modulated from white gold at the top to chartreuse at the bottom, envelops the viewer in an air of quiet introspection.’
      • ‘Purchase a high-contrast color such as hot pink or chartreuse.’
      • ‘Gold varieties must have some direct sun for their full color to develop; in shade they become chartreuse.’
      • ‘A single color unifies the grouping, but shades ranking from olive to chartreuse keep it interesting.’
      • ‘The centers of the leaves are chartreuse in late May, then slowly change to bright gold by mid-July.’
  • 2A dish made in a mould using pieces of meat, game, vegetables, or (now most often) fruit in jelly.

    ‘And then a scallop raviolo came with a chartreuse and lobster sauce that was the richest and most ambitious of the day and, as it happens, the most successful.’
    • ‘And the pale green pistachios actually perfected the presentation (mahogany duck, pale yellow sauce/cheese, chartreuse and mid-tan nuts).’
    • ‘Still, he deftly accessorizes the dish with flying fish roe turned chartreuse with wasabi and a clever fried wonton basket bearing snappy daikon radish and pea shoots.’
    • ‘If serving chartreuse cold, place a weight on top of the cooked mold and chill.’


Named after La Grande Chartreuse, the Carthusian monastery near Grenoble, where the liqueur (chartreuse (sense 1)) was first made; chartreuse (sense 2) is an extended use.