An island territory of the Netherlands in the southern Caribbean Sea off the northwest coast of Venezuela. Originally inhabited by the Arawak, it was settled by the Spanish in 1527. The Dutch gained control in 1634, although the British held the island during the Napoleonic Wars (1807–1815). Oil refining and tourism are the major industries.
A liqueur flavored with the peel of the sour orange.
Origin of curacaoAfter Curaçao.
(countable and uncountable, plural curaçaos)