alcohol

noun
al·​co·​hol | \ ˈal-kə-ˌhȯl How to pronounce alcohol (audio) \

Definition of alcohol

1a : ethanol especially when considered as the intoxicating agent in fermented and distilled liquors
b : drink (such as whiskey or beer) containing ethanol
c : a mixture of ethanol and water that is usually 95 percent ethanol
2 : any of a class of organic (see organic entry 1 sense 3b(1)) compounds that are analogous to ethanol and that are hydroxyl derivatives of hydrocarbons

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Examples of alcohol in a Sentence

cough medicine that contains alcohol drinks that are high in alcohol There was a high level of alcohol in his blood at the time of the accident. a mixture of different alcohols The restaurant had a license to serve alcohol.
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Recent Examples on the Web

All showtimes are 3 to 5 p.m. Glass, alcohol, smoking and dogs are prohibited. San Diego Union-Tribune, "DAR members march in parade," 6 July 2019 Such awareness campaigns have helped steadily decrease use, particularly among adolescents, of tobacco and alcohol, which unlike marijuana, kill thousands of people each year. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "As Illinois determines whether to limit potency of legalized pot, drug gets increased scrutiny after link to psychosis," 6 July 2019 Avoid alcohol while supervising children or before swimming, boating, or water skiing. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Child, 3, drowns in pond during summer cookout, Clermont County Sheriff's Office says," 6 July 2019 By Lindsay Whitehurst The ordinance also bans drone use while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and places restrictions on drone flights near public events and police, fire and emergency response activities in the town. Sophia Kunthara, SFChronicle.com, "Tiburon restricts drone flights over schools," 5 July 2019 The King William Ale barleywine’s a stunner at 9 percent alcohol, gently balanced by a bright and sunny Texican Lager at a session-friendly 4 percent. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Blue Star Brewing Co.," 5 July 2019 The conditions of his probation include absolute sobriety, random drug tests and no use or possession of alcohol, controlled substances or drug paraphernalia. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Brookfield Central High School star athlete Julian Banda has been sentenced to probation in drug case," 1 July 2019 The case required the court to consider whether the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition and granted states wide latitude to regulate alcohol, is limited by a constitutional doctrine that bars states from interfering with interstate commerce. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Strikes Down Tennessee Alcohol-License Regulations," 26 June 2019 Family attorney Spencer Kuvin said in May when the suit was filed that Florida law holds that when a business over-serves someone known to be addicted to alcohol, that business is responsible for what occurs. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Tiger Woods is no longer named in the wrongful death lawsuit involving employee who died in a car crash," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of alcohol

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for alcohol

New Latin, from Medieval Latin, powdered antimony, from Old Spanish, from Arabic al-kuḥul the powdered antimony, from kuḥl kohl

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More Definitions for alcohol

alcohol

noun

English Language Learners Definition of alcohol

: a clear liquid that has a strong smell, that is used in some medicines and other products, and that is the substance in liquors (such as beer, wine, or whiskey) that can make a person drunk
: drinks containing alcohol

alcohol

noun
al·​co·​hol | \ ˈal-kə-ˌhȯl How to pronounce alcohol (audio) \

Kids Definition of alcohol

1 : a colorless flammable liquid that in one form is the substance in liquors (as beer, wine, or whiskey) that can make a person drunk
2 : a drink containing alcohol

alcohol

noun
al·​co·​hol | \ ˈal-kə-ˌhȯl How to pronounce alcohol (audio) \

Medical Definition of alcohol

1a : ethanol especially when considered as the intoxicating agent in fermented and distilled liquors
b : drink (as whiskey or beer) containing ethanol
c : a mixture of ethanol and water that is usually 95 percent ethanol
2 : any of various compounds that are analogous to ethanol in constitution and that are hydroxyl derivatives of hydrocarbons

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