drink·​er | \ ˈdriŋ-kər How to pronounce drinker (audio) \

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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For example, how many wine drinkers know what a rosato made from a blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese produced in the Marche region will taste like? ... Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Rosé’s Marvelous, Multi-Tasking Italian Cousin," 24 May 2019 And Spottswoode's Estate is a must on any earth-friendly wine drinker's bucket list. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Eat and Drink in Napa Valley," 9 Jan. 2019 Even a glass-or-two-with-dinner wine drinker knows that Germany, Austria, Italy, and France are some of the great Old World wine-making countries. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Swiss Wine Vacation We All Need to Take," 11 Sep. 2018 During long summer nights, everyone’s got a suit under their clothes as the pier fills with swimmers and natural wine drinkers who dip between sips. Bon Appetit, "La Banchina," 18 June 2018 But that risk apparently isn't so small that Seavin wanted to roll the dice on a wine drinker getting some internal bleeding with their vino. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "A wine sold at Publix and Total Wine has been recalled. There might be glass inside.," 31 May 2018 That includes a whole lot of attributes that a wine drinker will never detect. Bruce Schoenfeld, WIRED, "Your Next Glass of Wine Might Be a Fake—and You'll Love It," 30 May 2018 The wine drinkers on our panel applaud its resemblance to a sophisticated sparkling rosé. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "Catching the rosé cider buzz, with a tasting of our favorites," 17 May 2018 Perhaps one in a hundred wine drinkers got all this, but the other ninety-nine noticed the label in the wine store. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "A Vintner’s Quest to Create a Truly American Wine," 14 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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The first known use of drinker was before the 12th century

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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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