Simple Definition of elixir
: a magical liquid that can cure illness or extend life
Full Definition of elixir
1 a (1) : a substance held capable of changing base metals into gold (2) : a substance held capable of prolonging life indefinitely b (1) : cure-all (2) : a medicinal concoction
2 : a sweetened liquid usually containing alcohol that is used in medication either for its medicinal ingredients or as a flavoring
3 : the essential principle
Examples of elixir in a sentence
<warned that casino gambling would not be an elixir for all of the region's economic woes>
Did You Know?
Elixir has roots in the practice of alchemy; it was used in the Middle Ages as the word for a substance believed able to alter base metals into gold. Its later use for a drug purported to prolong one’s life led to its use in the names of medicines of mostly questionable effectiveness. Today, it is often used generally for anything thought capable of remedying all ills or difficulties, be they physical or otherwise. The word came to us via Middle English and Medieval Latin from Arabic al-iksīr; it probably ultimately derives from a Greek word meaning "desiccative powder."
Origin and Etymology of elixir
Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Arabic al-iksīr the elixir, from al the + iksīr elixir, probably from Greek xērion desiccative powder, from xēros dry
First Known Use: 14th century
Medical Definition of elixir
: a sweetened liquid usually containing alcohol that is used in medication either for its medicinal ingredients or as a flavoring
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