li·quor | \ˈli-kər \

Definition of liquor 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a liquid substance: such as

a : a usually distilled rather than fermented alcoholic beverage

b : a watery solution of a drug

c : bath sense 2b(1)


liquored; liquoring\ˈli-k(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of liquor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to dress (something, such as leather) with oil or grease

2 : to make drunk with alcoholic liquor usually used with up

intransitive verb

: to drink alcoholic liquor especially to excess usually used with up

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Synonyms & Antonyms for liquor

Synonyms: Noun

alcohol, drink, inebriant, intoxicant, moonshine, spirits

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of liquor in a Sentence


He drinks beer and wine, but he doesn't drink any hard liquor. vodka, whiskey, and other liquors

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jazz+Soju will serve up double-fried Korean wings as well as other specialties and cocktails made with a popular Korean liquor, Soju. Anna Muckerman,, "Korean restaurant Jazz+Soju opens this week in Locust Point," 12 June 2018 From the buzzy, line-down-the-block Broken Shaker to the new midtown tiki bar from Major Food Group, these places will help you ring in summer with liquor, light bites, and the perfect backdrop for the inevitable Instagram. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "7 New Rooftop Bars Where You Can Soak Up Summer in New York City," 5 June 2018 Along with juice donated by Whole Foods, the concoction required 180 handles of Hendricks gin, resulting in a gigantic beverage filled with enough liquor to make the majority of the crowd feel laid back. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Snoop Dogg Obliterates Guinness World Record for Largest Glass of Gin & Juice," 29 May 2018 While searching the car, police found a fast-food cup filled with liquor. John Benson,, "Drunk Parma driver admits to drinking at work: North Royalton Police Blotter," 10 May 2018 Penny's parents shouldn't have left three teenagers alone with liquor available. Abby, Houston Chronicle, "Parents blame teen's friends for underage drinking episode," 10 Mar. 2018 There will be a selection of wines along with a full liquor and beer menu. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Cantoro set to open second Trattoria location in Troy," 21 Feb. 2018 Hair of the Polar Bear These questions swirled through my mind, mixing with the horseradish liquor, as Ivan walked the rest of the group out to the bus to take them to boat. Nimrod Nir, Newsweek, "Welcome to Pyramiden, a Mysterious Soviet Ghost Town, Where I Was Imprisoned by Nature—and My Poor Judgment," 14 Feb. 2018 The AC Lounge serves signature cocktails with organic liquor distilled around the corner at a popular local spot called Top of the Hill. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "January roundup of hot hotel openings," 2 Jan. 2018

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Drescher, who starred in seasons 5 and 6, said the show’s production team could go too far with their eagerness to liquor up the cast and alleged she was once pressured to take a shot of alcohol while filming. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Andy Cohen Denies Aviva Drescher's Claim That RHONY Producers Force Cast to Drink: 'So Dumb'," 18 June 2018 Here, select a fruity (liquored) popsicle to be plopped into a giant glass of rosécco. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Childhood’s Reprisal at Loopy Doopy," 15 June 2018 The votes on the Liquor Division budget were sharply divided, with members with religious objections to liquor consumption, including Martin, generally opposing adding the two new state liquor stores. Betsy Z. Russell, idahostatesman, "Lawmaker tries, fails to block new Boise-area liquor stores | Idaho Statesman," 8 Mar. 2018 From the bride and groom’s perspective, the anticipation of getting all your guests adequately liquored up without going overboard—or spending all your money—can seem like a tall order. Rachel Tepper Paley, Bon Appetit, "5 Drink Mistakes to Not Make at Your Wedding," 3 Aug. 2017 From the bride and groom’s perspective, the anticipation of getting all your guests adequately liquored up without going overboard—or spending all your money—can seem like a tall order. Bon Appetit, "5 Drink Mistakes to Not Make at Your Wedding," 24 July 2017 Boat racing in Madison dates to the 1800s, when steamboat captains liquored up on Kentucky moonshine challenged each other to races on the Ohio at speeds reaching 10 mph. Gregg Doyel, The Courier-Journal, "Doyel: Can a dead man save the Madison Regatta?," 28 June 2017 Because there are always a handful of jerks in just about any ballpark who get themselves liquored up and allow that filter that hides their real selves to stop functioning? Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: No one should have to deal with what Adam Jones did Monday at Fenway," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of liquor


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1502, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for liquor


Middle English licour, from Anglo-French, from Latin liquor, from liquēre

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English Language Learners Definition of liquor

: an alcoholic drink; especially : a strong alcoholic drink


liq·uor | \ˈli-kər \

Kids Definition of liquor

: a strong alcoholic beverage


li·quor | \ˈlik-ər \

Medical Definition of liquor 

: a liquid substance: as

a : a usually distilled rather than fermented alcoholic beverage

b : a solution of a medicinal substance usually in water — compare tincture

c : bath sense 2b(1)

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