liquor

noun
li·​quor | \ ˈli-kər How to pronounce liquor (audio) \

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

liquor

verb
liquored; liquoring\ ˈli-​k(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce liquoring (audio) \

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

Noun

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

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Founded by Ben Etheridge and his late father, Cliff, this craft distillery and tasting room specializes in vodka, gin, whiskey and its signature liquor, Black Coral Rum, made with black strap molasses. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Warehouse District: How West Palm Beach’s newest nightlife village found suds, spirits and ‘soul’," 6 June 2019 According to the investigation, Bransfield also misused church funds, spending them on dining, liquor, gifts, personal travel and luxury items. Washington Post, "Diocese: Ex-bishop used sexual innuendo toward subordinates," 6 June 2019 Note: Mirin is a golden rice liquor, naturally sweetened through its traditional fermenting process. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "Kitchen Comforts: Teriyaki is the best BBQ sauce that isn’t barbecue at all," 5 June 2019 Meanwhile liquor, cigarettes and drugs are readily available. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, "Life expectancy in Streeterville is 90. In Englewood, it's 60. A new analysis calls Chicago's gap the largest in the U.S.," 5 June 2019 The bar will feature tightly edited cocktail list focused on whiskey and bourbon with other craft liquors, beer, and wine (though nary a vodka in sight). Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails Opens at the Cosmopolitan," 20 Mar. 2019 Holiday purchases will account for about one-quarter of total sales for Kweichow Moutai Co., producer of China’s favorite baijiu liquor, Chairman Li Baofang told the Xinhua News Agency in December. Daniela Wei, The Seattle Times, "Lunar New Year will show trade war’s effects in China economy," 4 Feb. 2019 Chicago’s Foxtrot, for example, allows customers to order liquor, food, and essentials through their app and has several cafe-like stores around the city where loyal app users can redeem in-store rewards. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Food delivery app Deliveroo opens its first brick-and-mortar restaurant in Hong Kong," 11 Dec. 2018 Later that month, Hopkins' Audi, according to Carlson, was seen near Willie Brown's Liquor, a run-of-the-mill East Oakland liquor store—but Hopkins himself did not turn up. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Judge slams FBI for improper cellphone search, stingray use," 18 July 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, PEOPLE.com, "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, baltimoresun.com, "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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1502, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for liquor

Noun

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

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The first known use of liquor was in the 13th century

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liquor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of liquor

: an alcoholic drink especially : a strong alcoholic drink

liquor

noun
liq·​uor | \ ˈli-kər How to pronounce liquor (audio) \

Kids Definition of liquor

: a strong alcoholic beverage

liquor

noun
li·​quor | \ ˈlik-ər How to pronounce liquor (audio) \

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

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