Definition of noyau in English:


Pronunciation /nwäˈyō/ /ˈnwäˌyō/ /ˈnwɑjoʊ/


  • A liqueur made of brandy flavored with fruit kernels.

    • ‘It was a cordial or a brandy-based liqueur flavoured with almonds, peach, cherry, or apricot kernels, or soft fruits; similar to noyau, a word which came into use in the late 18th century and largely supplanted ratafia.’


French, literally ‘kernel’, based on Latin nux, nuc- ‘nut’.