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From Biology-Online Dictionary
1. A thick and viscid liquid made from the juice of fruits, herbs, etc, boiled with sugar.
2. A thick and viscid saccharine solution of superior quality (as sugarhouse sirup or molasses, maple sirup); specifically, in pharmacy and often in cookery, a saturated solution of sugar and water (simple sirup), or such a solution flavored or medicated. Lucent sirups tinct with cinnamon. (Keats) mixing sirup. See the note under dextrose.
Origin: f. Sirop (cf. It. Siroppo, sp. Jarabe, jarope, LL. Siruppus, syrupus), fr. Ar. Sharab a drink, wine, coffee, sirup. Cf. Sherbet.