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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Directors, VPs and SVPs—will be expected to create teams, events, offsites and environments in which excessive alcohol consumption is strongly discouraged. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Google ends mandatory arbitration in sexual harassment cases," 8 Nov. 2018 Less understood is the effect of alcohol consumption. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep—And Why It Should Be Your Top Priority (Really)," 1 Nov. 2018 But despite the celebrations being in full swing, the Duke and Duchess found a clever way to avoid drinking any alcohol. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Toasts with Water, While Prince Harry Samples 'Narcotic' Delicacy Kava," 23 Oct. 2018 But Kavanaugh, who was 17 when Maryland's drinking age increased to 21, never legally consumed alcohol during his high school years in the state. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "One of Brett Kavanaugh's Yale Classmates Says His Drinking Testimony Was a "Blatant Mischaracterization"," 1 Oct. 2018 No level of alcohol consumption is healthy, scientists say. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Search for clues in gaming tournament shooting; New McCain burial details; Lewandowski rips Cohen," 27 Aug. 2018 Patricia is very judicious with alcohol consumption. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "A Day in the Life of Southern Charm's Patricia Altschul," 12 July 2018 Today, Christians may choose to give up luxuries like dessert or alcohol, or perform an act of kindness like volunteering, until the Lenten season is over. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "When Is Lent? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 11 Jan. 2019 The figures are based on a nationwide survey of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders who participated in the Monitoring the Future study, which has tracked teen use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs and other substances every year since 1975. Karen Kaplan, The Seattle Times, "Vaping among teens spikes, luring new generation of kids into tobacco use," 18 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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