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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For maximum effectiveness, the CDC recommends choosing a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. 2. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "Wash Your Hands Immediately After Touching These 8 Things at the Airport," 30 Oct. 2018 Now, Laurie lives in a fortress-style compound, shooting at mannequins all day and self-medicating with alcohol. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Halloween Is More Than a Horror Movie—It's a Tribute to Mothers and Daughters," 20 Oct. 2018 In 2016, Alaska Airlines ran a test replacing 20 percent of its jet fuel with wood-waste alcohol. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tonight a Virgin Atlantic 747 will fly on fuel made from industrial waste gas," 2 Oct. 2018 Instead of self-medicating with alcohol, Bingham sought the help of a therapist, who counseled her on how to work through the issues with her husband. Devin Tomb, Good Housekeeping, "“At 54, I Don’t Feel As Hopeful”: The Untold Story of Suicide in the U.S.," 21 Sep. 2018 Rozier performed at a high level at U of L despite recurring issues with alcohol. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Clifford Rozier's death is a sad reminder of what might have been," 7 July 2018 Floral and herbal notes mingle with apricot, honey and exotic spices in this Leelanau Peninsula wine with 12.5 percent alcohol. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 Resist any temptation to treat your hangover with more alcohol. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Fourth of July: Hangover cures for your patriotic beverage binge," 4 July 2018 The drivers of the second and third cars were not impaired with alcohol or drugs. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Man killed after being struck multiple times in Folsom Boulevard hit-and-run," 2 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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13 Nov 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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