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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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

After throwing occasional events for tenants free of charge, 63 Wall recently obtained a liquor license; the Transcript now serves $12 craft cocktails, as well as wine and beer on tap, exclusively to residents and up to three guests. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Want to Eat Here? First Buy a Multimillion-Dollar Condo," 13 Sep. 2018 Movie theaters are especially popular on Friday afternoon, while bakeries and liquor stores spike in the run-up to the holiday as people stock up for Thanksgiving dinner. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Google’s Thanksgiving report can help you avoid traffic and crowds," 15 Nov. 2018 Berlin’s narrators clean the homes of wealthier housewives, check in on nursing patients in a hospital, fold clothes at the laundromat, and troll for open liquor stores in early morning hours. Bridget Read, Vogue, "How Lucia Berlin Became A Literary Superstar 11 Years After Her Death (And Is About to Publish A New Collection)," 5 Nov. 2018 Use the kid to crawl through the window of a liquor store or a pawnshop. Fox News, "Democrats threaten to investigate Kavanaugh after midterms," 21 Sep. 2018 She also was charged with having an open bottle of liquor in the car, along with cannabis and drug paraphernalia. Deborah Kadin,, "Police reports: Brick thrown through window of a car parked in Franklin Park," 6 July 2018 Two weeks after the collapse of half of a Kentucky bourbon warehouse, the other half has caved in, taking another 9,000 barrels of liquor with it. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Another 9,000 Barrels of Kentucky Bourbon Lost in Second Warehouse Collapse," 5 July 2018 Griffith increasingly takes solace in drink, thanks to his discovery of a secret stash of liquor, while Howell sinks further and further into despair. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lighthouse': Film Review," 4 July 2018 Nelson also confessed to breaking into the Backyard Grille, 5987 Carlton Drive in Burlington, and stealing three bottles of liquor on June 27, according to authorities. Madeline Mitchell,, "Police: Boone County booze burglar broke into 2 bars," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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