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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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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And just this week, the British royal was reported to have cut out alcohol and caffeine altogether at his wife's request, looking happier and healthier than ever with the expectant mother-to-be at his side. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "All the Ways Meghan Markle Has Transformed Prince Harry’s Bad Boy Health Habits," 4 Jan. 2019 The last step is to soak a shop cloth with denatured alcohol and wipe everything clean. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Buy an Old Vise and Bring It Back From the Dead," 3 Jan. 2019 Haveman said her addiction to alcohol led to a number of misdemeanor infractions that inspired her to turn around her life. Kristen De Groot, The Seattle Times, "Suit: Drop ‘good moral character’ cosmetologist requirement," 12 Dec. 2018 Between the alcohol and the pain and confusion that stems from his realization that Claire will leave him, Frank can't find the words to describe what's happening. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What Tobias Menzies's Return to Outlander Reveals About Frank Randall," 17 Dec. 2018 After vaping and alcohol, the most common thing teens use is marijuana, the survey found. Mike Stobbe, The Seattle Times, "Most teen drug use is down, but officials fret vaping boom," 17 Dec. 2018 Besides alcohol, other triggers include hot or spicy foods, caffeine, and in some cases, citrus fruits. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "6 Reasons Why Your Skin Is Blotchy — And How to Fix It," 13 Dec. 2018 Assuming most of your guests will be drinking, having a realistic approximation prevents you from spending too much on alcohol. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 After doing so, dab with a towel to absorb the alcohol and help lift the excess bits of slime. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How To Remove Slime From Your Furniture, Carpet And More," 5 Dec. 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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The first known use of alcohol was in 1672

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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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