alcohol

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noun al·co·hol \ ˈal-kə-ˌhȯl \

Definition of alcohol

1 a :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 1organic 3b(1)) compounds that are analogous to ethanol and that are hydroxyl derivatives of hydrocarbons

Examples of alcohol in a Sentence

  1. cough medicine that contains alcohol

  2. drinks that are high in alcohol

  3. There was a high level of alcohol in his blood at the time of the accident.

  4. a mixture of different alcohols

  5. The restaurant had a license to serve alcohol.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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ALCOHOL Defined for English Language Learners

alcohol

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Definition of alcohol for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

alcohol

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noun al·co·hol \ ˈal-kə-ˌhȯl \

Definition of alcohol for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

alcohol

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noun al·co·hol \ ˈal-kə-ˌhȯl \

medical Definition of alcohol

1 a :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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