drink·er | \ˈdriŋ-kər \

Definition of drinker 

1a : one that drinks

b : a person who drinks alcoholic beverages especially to a notable degree a heavy drinker

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Examples of drinker in a Sentence

I'm not much of a drinker. Most of his friends are drinkers.

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South-western Russia produces a lot of wine, though many Russians favor sweet or fortified reds which can be a little unusual to Western drinkers. James Ellingworth, Fox News, "Dining Russian-style at the World Cup," 7 June 2018 Historically, the humble Negroni–traditionally, just three equal parts of gin, vermouth, and the Italian apéritif Campari—never quite achieved the mainstream recognition with American drinkers of a martini or Manhattan. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Negroni Week Is Here So You Can Sip Your Favorite Cocktail for a Good Cause," 1 June 2018 That sense of betrayal lingers for a large swath of beer drinkers, some of whom refuse to drink Anheuser products. Benjamin Shull, WSJ, "‘Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out’ Review: Windy City Windfall," 5 July 2018 Tim Hortons’s push into China will ratchet up a race by multinational chains to win over coffee drinkers in the world’s most populous country. Jaewon Kang And Dawn Lim, WSJ, "Tim Hortons Tests China’s Appetite for Canadian Coffee," 11 July 2018 Mallow Run Winery Indiana wines get a bad rep for being too sweet, but this south-side getaway offers varieties for all wine drinkers. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Instead, the seeds were sown for the McMenamins beer and lifestyle empire, a network of over 50 pubs, theaters, resorts, and hotels in Oregon and Washington that can aptly be described as Disneyland for drinkers. Mike Seely, latimes.com, "A Washington state town had become listless. Then a bar came to town and everything began to change," 9 July 2018 Small brewers are squaring off against distributors and bar owners in a fight for drinkers as craft beer’s once-explosive growth cools. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Beer Battle Brews Between Craft-Beer Makers and Distributors," 2 June 2018 Wine is always fine Lincoln Park is a natural habitat for wine drinkers, and its eponymous fest, the Lincoln Park Wine Festival, will be back for its fourth year. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of drinker

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of drinker

: a person who drinks alcohol especially in large amounts

: a person who drinks a particular beverage

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