- a kind of sweet, fruit-flavored drink
- a powdered mix to be combined with water to make this drink
Origin of Kool-Aidorigin, originally spelling, spelled Kool-Ade ; from kool (prob. altered ; from cool) + -ade (as in lemonade)
drink the Kool-Aid
Informal to devote oneself blindly or unreasonably to a cause, ideology, leader, etc.
Origin of Kool-Aidin ref. to the death (1978) of more than 900 U.S. citizens, members of Jonestown, a settlement in N Guyana, who consumed a fruit-flavored beverage laced with cyanide, as ordered by the group's leader
Trademark, presumably from cool and -ade.