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chartreuse (shärtrōōz´), liqueur made exclusively by Carthusians at their monastery, La Grande Chartreuse, France, until their expulsion in 1903. The French distillery and trademark were sold, and the order set up a new plant in Tarragona, Spain. The monks' product is identified by the name Liqueur des Pères Chartreux. Readmitted to France in 1941, the Carthusians resumed manufacture there. Green chartreuse contains about 57% alcohol; the sweeter yellow variety, about 43%.

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Chartreuse, Grande

Grande Chartreuse (gräNd shärtröz´), mountainous massif, Isère dept., SE France, in the Dauphiné Alps; Chamechaude Peak (6,847 ft/2,087 m) is the highest point. There in a high valley St. Bruno founded (1084) the famous monastery, La Grande Chartreuse, the principal seat of the Carthusians until 1903, when the order was expelled from France. The Carthusians returned to their monastery in 1941. The monastery was destroyed several times; the present buildings (now a museum) date mainly from the 17th cent. Chartreuse liqueur originated there.

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Chartreuse

Chartreuse
1. A liqueur invented in 1605 and still made by the Carthusian monks, named for the great charterhouse (la grande Chartreuse) which is the mother house of the order, near Grenoble in southern France. It is reputed to contain more than 200 ingredients. There are three varieties: green Chartreuse is 55%, yellow 43%, and white 30% alcohol.

2. A dish turned out of a mould; more usually fruit enclosed in jelly.

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Chartreuse

Chartreuse in France and French-speaking countries, a Carthusian monastery.

The drink chartreuse, a pale green or yellow liqueur made from brandy and aromatic herbs, is named after La Grande Chartreuse, the Carthusian monastery near Grenoble, where the liqueur was first made.

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char·treuse / shärˈtroōz; -ˈtroōs/ • n. a pale green or yellow liqueur made from brandy and aromatic herbs. ∎  a pale yellow or green color resembling this liqueur.

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chartreuse

chartreuse liqueur made at La Grande Chartreuse, near Grenoble, XIX. — F., fem. of Chartreux CARTHUSIAN.

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chartreuse

chartreuseagents provocateurs, berceuse, chanteuse, charmeuse, chartreuse, chauffeuse, coiffeurs, danseuse, diseuse, furze, hers, messieurs, Meuse, secateurs, vendeuse •Betelgeuse • divers

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