alcohol by volume

noun

Definition of alcohol by volume

: a measure of the concentration of alcohol in an alcoholic beverage Last year, lawmakers passed a bill to allow those stores to start selling stronger beer, with up to 6 percent alcohol by volume, starting April 1, 2019.— Peter Hancock By law bourbon must be distilled at no higher than 160 proof (out of a potential 190; proof is double the percentage of alcohol by volume), but most bourbon makers distill at between 125 and 145.— Corby Kummer abbreviation ABV

First Known Use of alcohol by volume

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Alcohol by volume.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alcohol%20by%20volume. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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