Definition of alcohol
1a : ethanol especially when considered as the intoxicating agent in fermented and distilled liquorsb : drink (such as whiskey or beer) containing ethanolc : a mixture of ethanol and water that is usually 95 percent ethanol
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.
Recent Examples of alcohol from the Web
The current version smells and tastes strongly of vanilla, which mellows its alcohol bite.
Bollicini sparkling cuvée and sparkling rosé ($10.99 per four-pack at Central Market) are newer canned options, both products of Italy and both with 11 percent alcohol by volume.
The chemicals on the shelves—bottles of pure alcohol, bins of sugar, protein, and salts—are standard issue for growing microbes and manipulating their genes.
The new law allows stores and restaurants to sell alcohol Sunday mornings as early as 10 a.m. if local governments approve.
Officers issued preliminary administrative charges of public nuisance including public nudity, promoting prostitution and possession of narcotics against the alcohol permit, Lynch said.
Neither had a criminal record and alcohol played a role in the incident, prosecutors said.
The train’s motorman is also being interviewed, and will be subject to a drug and alcohol test.
His relatives told investigators that Gutierrez was known to smoke marijuana but did not drink alcohol and was in good health.
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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
First Known Use: 1672See Words from the same year
ALCOHOL Defined for English Language Learners
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
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 Definition of alcohol
1a: ethanol especially when considered as the intoxicating agent in fermented and distilled liquorsb: drink (as whiskey or beer) containing ethanolc: 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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