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

Examples of alcohol by volume in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a social media post, the brewery shared that the drink, which comes in a milk carton, contains 2% milk and 7% alcohol by volume. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 1 Apr. 2024 Most of the beers on the menu are less than 6% alcohol by volume in traditional European style. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 19 Mar. 2024 Oberon Ale is brewed with wheat malt, hops and spices and fermented with Bell's signature house yeast and comes in at 5.8% alcohol by volume. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, 12 Jan. 2024 According to Food And Wine, the mature beverage officially launched on Monday (Aug. 16) and is 17 percent alcohol by volume. Demicia Inman For, Robb Report, 19 Aug. 2021 The alcohol content is just 6% ABV (alcohol by volume). Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 May 2024 In 2023, less than 7% of its global beer volume was brands with less than 3.5% alcohol by volume. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 17 Apr. 2024 This Riesling Kabinett is delightfully sweet with 91 grams of residual sugar per liter and has only 7.7 percent alcohol by volume. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 4 Apr. 2024 The kombucha is 8 percent alcohol by volume with a mango and lime flavor profile. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alcohol by volume was in 1839

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“Alcohol by volume.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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