Definition of chartreuse in English:



  • 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.