alcohol

noun
al·​co·​hol | \ ˈal-kə-ˌhȯl How to pronounce alcohol (audio) \

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 1b(2)) compounds that are analogous to ethanol and that are hydroxyl derivatives of hydrocarbons

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Synonyms & Antonyms for alcohol

Synonyms

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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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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Last Updated

9 May 2021

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“Alcohol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alcohol. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce alcohol (audio) \

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 How to pronounce alcohol (audio) \

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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