Should you ask someone if they want a ‘margarita’ or a ‘margherita’? It might be tricky if you’re not a native English speaker (and sometimes, even if you are). But we’ll cover that in this article and teach you how to use it in a sentence.
Don’t feel like skimming? Here’s the short answer:
The word ‘margarita’ is used when referring to the drink.
The word ‘margherita’ is used when referring to pizza.
The words ‘margarita’ and ‘margherita’ are often used interchangeably in the English language, but that’s not the correct way to use the words because they mean different things.
So, what’s the correct way to spell the word?
Well, both ways because these are two different words. They’re what we call homophones or homonyms in the English language.
The correct way to spell the words is ‘margarita’ and ‘margherita.’
Believe it or not, a lot of words in the English language sound the same but are spelled differently and mean different things. They're called homophones or homonyms.
Take a look at a few homophones in the English language and their meanings.
As you can see, ‘margarita’ and ‘margherita’ fall into the homophone category.
Now that we know that both of these words are technically correct let’s define both words.
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘margarita’ is “a cocktail consisting of tequila, lime, or lemon juice, and an orange-flavored liqueur.
The Cambridge definition of ‘margherita’ is “a pizza with tomatoes and cheese on top.”
The words can also be used as a woman’s name in some cultures.
The word ‘margarita’ originated in 1963 and comes from the Spanish form of Margaret. It used to mean “a Spanish wine” in English in the 1920s.
Margaret is a female name from the 1300s that comes from the Old French Margaret, which would be Marguerite. That stems from the late Latin name Margarita, which means “pearl.”
It’s also from the Greek margarites (lithos).
Now that you know the definitions of both words let’s see some examples of how to use both words in a sentence correctly.
Here’s how you’d use ‘margarita’ in a sentence correctly:
Now, let’s see how you’d use ‘margherita’ in a sentence correctly:
To recap, you’ve learned that both ‘margarita’ and ‘margherita’ are words used in the English language. However, they can’t be used interchangeably because they mean two totally different things.
Remember, you use ‘margarita’ when talking about the drink and ‘margherita’ when talking about pizza.
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