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


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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Synonyms & Antonyms for liquor

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

  • nonintoxicant
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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My dad owned a bar, a pool room, and a liquor store. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Ultimate “Bullshit Job”," 22 Oct. 2020 Investigators learned two men pulled in front of the liquor store. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "One dead, one injured in shooting at Akron liquor store, police say," 17 Oct. 2020 Down an alley in Covington, just past a liquor store and across from a retirement home, is a dance studio. Andrea Reeves, The Enquirer, "Coffee Break with Kathrine: Goodbye, Ziegler Studio of Dance. You were special.," 16 Oct. 2020 In our case, this was midday, stop-by-the-liquor-store-on-your-way-home comfort food. Mara Severin, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage restaurants and breweries have everything you need to throw your own private Oktoberfest," 16 Oct. 2020 About 1 1/2 years ago an armed robbery was captured on surveillance video outside the same liquor store in Lauderdale Lakes. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "Former TSU football player Trabis Ward fatally shot in Lauderdale Lakes. Police searching for suspects," 11 Oct. 2020 Chula Vista police are seeking information about a stabbing that happened by a liquor store in the city early Saturday evening. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man stabbed, declines treatment in Chula Vista," 10 Oct. 2020 Her husband, wounded in World War I, was employed sporadically as a carpenter, railroad worker, shipyard worker, and manager of a state liquor store. Caroline Fraser, The New York Review of Books, "No Haven," 6 Oct. 2020 Police officers milled nearby Wednesday, taking photographs in the liquor store parking lot, still blocked by crime scene tape. Rachel Swan,, "Teen gunned down in East Oakland is latest loss for team, community," 5 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After four-pack samplers of Mango, Black Cherry, Passion Orange and Lemonade flavors become available for purchase Aug. 14 at Sun King sites, 12-can packs featuring the four flavors will begin a journey to liquor stores and other retailers. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "Booming hard seltzer market now has Indiana breweries in the mix," 15 Aug. 2020 More: Indianapolis restaurants can begin dine-in service on May 22 — with only outdoor seating When will liquor stores open? Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what you should know about Indianapolis' plan to begin reopening," 13 May 2020 Fearing the bars would liquor up more potential dissidents, the chief made the arbitrary decision to order the bars closed. Paula Schleis,, "Making the call: Why Kent's mayor asked the governor to send the Guard to Kent State," 1 May 2020 And there would be questions about which workers are truly essential to creating the public health benefits and should receive the higher pay – should liquor employees be included? Leigh Osofsky, The Conversation, "Striking Amazon, Instacart employees reveal how a basic economic principle could derail our ability to combat the coronavirus," 7 Apr. 2020 Looking down in South Florida, Key West ranked 13th with 4.0% of such posts being at least a little liquored up. David Selig,, "Florida vacationers post lots of boozy photos on Instagram when they visit us," 29 July 2019 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

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

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Last Updated

28 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Liquor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce liquor (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of liquor

: an alcoholic drink especially : a strong alcoholic drink


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

Kids Definition of liquor

: a strong alcoholic beverage


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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