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 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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Common cosmetic irritants include ingredients such as alcohol, retinoids (a form of vitamin A that helps to speed cell turnover), and other exfoliating agents like salicylic acid, Dr. Elliott says. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "Here's What It Means If You Got a Skin Reaction From Your Makeup," 1 Mar. 2019 Whole30, for example, advises cutting sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, and dairy out of your diet for 30 days. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Willpower Is a Weight-Loss Scam That's Fueling the Diet Industry," 22 Feb. 2019 In addition to heading to church, many honor the beginning of Lent by choosing to give up something for the 40 days, such as alcohol, sweets, or even swearing. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When is Lent? Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Christian Holiday," 13 Feb. 2019 Some other classic health sins hold equally true for the skin under your eyes as well: Smoking, sun exposure, bloat-causers like excessive salt and alcohol, and that be-all end-all, stress, can all encourage dark circles to make an appearance. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How to Get Rid of Dark Circles," 4 Feb. 2019 They were addicted to drugs or alcohol, grew up in dysfunctional families, survived traumas like shootings or abusive relationships. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Students who beat steep odds credit Washington educators who wouldn’t give up on them," 4 Feb. 2019 As long as there has been alcohol, there have been hangovers — and yet there has been no cure. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why we don’t have a hangover cure yet," 21 Dec. 2018 The men also had a variety of factors, like use of alcohol and sleep levels, that could affect how THC alters their epigenetics. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "THC Could Affect Men's Sperm, New Study Says," 20 Dec. 2018 The woman did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the police report stated. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Mitt Romney's presidential campaign staffer accused of making ex-fiancée his sex slave," 2 Oct. 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 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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