alcohol

noun
al·co·hol | \ˈal-kə-ˌhȯl \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for alcohol

Synonyms

drink, inebriant, intoxicant, liquor, moonshine, spirits

Antonyms

nonintoxicant

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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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My sorority had huge rules about not posting anything related to alcohol or drugs on social media, to the point where every social media platform had an account named after one of our founders that everyone had to follow. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "8 Girls Get Real About Their Crazy Sorority Experiences," 10 July 2018 Police did not find any signs of alcohol or drug use in connection with the crash. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora man charged with aggravated reckless driving after crash in city," 9 July 2018 Jones' luxe taste continues with Sisley Floral Toning Lotion ($103; nordstrom.com); made from botanical extracts, the toning lotion is alcohol-free and safe for use on sensitive skin types. Lisa Desantis, Health.com, "These Are the Beauty Products January Jones Uses Every Single Day," 14 June 2018 The first few dates with a Cancer may involve copious amounts of alcohol or very long hours. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Online Dating Style," 6 July 2018 The family doctor, David Hosack, employed an unorthodox treatment of hot baths of Peruvian bark and alcohol and saved the boy's life. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "The True Point of Searching for Alien Life; the Misuse of Genetics and Other New Science Books," 3 July 2018 Though talc is on the National Cancer Institute’s list as an unclear risk factor for ovarian cancer, alongside alcohol and diet, Temkin is not convinced talc is dangerous, and here’s why. Elizabeth Inglese, Vogue, "Why Johnson & Johnson’s $4.7 Billion Baby Powder Lawsuit Is Important for Women Everywhere," 13 July 2018 His clients use virtual reality to overcome phobias, including a fear of heights, anxiety issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, and drug, alcohol and smoking addictions. Kate Thayer, chicagotribune.com, "Virtual reality can help people overcome fear of heights, study shows," 12 July 2018 No one, regardless of age, should be subjected to flogging; that a child was prosecuted for consuming alcohol and sentenced to 80 lashes beggars belief. Greg Norman, Fox News, "GRAPHIC PHOTO: Iran slammed for 'shocking' flogging of man convicted for drinking alcohol as a teen," 12 July 2018

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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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16 Oct 2018

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Time Traveler for alcohol

The first known use of alcohol was in 1672

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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 \

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 \

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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