Meaning of hippocras in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɪpəkras/


mass noun historical
  • Wine flavoured with spices.

    ‘By Chaucer's time, probably the best known of these spicy wines were hippocras and clary.’
    • ‘This was often done at home and the most popular recipe was for ‘hippocras’, made with red or white wine.’
    • ‘All of the spice bits were caught in the cloth, and the hippocras was poured into several glass jars.’
    • ‘If you just want to make hippocras, you can also mix the spices directly in the wine.’
    • ‘This hippocras, a thick, smoky concoction, was strong enough to make the face peel.’


Late Middle English from Old French ipocras ‘Hippocrates’ (see Hippocrates), translating medieval Latin vinum Hippocraticum ‘Hippocratic wine’ (because it was strained through a filter called a Hippocrates' sleeve).