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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The second incident cited by liquor investigators at Doc Holliday’s occurred in January 2018. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Doc Holliday's Saloon in Tombstone spoiling for fight with Arizona liquor police over guns," 17 Feb. 2020 Mukherjee jumped to take the position at the liquor giant, stepping down from a C-suite role at the multinational company SC Johnson to head up Pernod Ricard. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "She Was Assaulted by a Drunk Man. Now the CEO of Absolut Vodka Is Telling Her Story.," 14 Feb. 2020 Dancing and flirting were the norm in many establishments, liquor was readily available and women’s inhibitions often vanished, especially since the system itself seemed to run on a winking disregard for social and even legal censure. Sofia Grant, Time, "How Reno Became 'the Divorce Capital of the World'—And Why That Reputation Faded," 14 Feb. 2020 There are those who know they like their liquor straight up, and others who want their drinks cubed or mixed with sodas, syrups, and shrubs. Sara Lieberman, Fortune, "Can’t choose a cocktail? Let the divine decide at this Victorian-era London hotel," 12 Feb. 2020 The 4-year-old, colored more like a pale Scotch than an amber Kentucky liquor, could become the first whippet since 1964 named America's top dog. CBS News, "Poodle wins group at Westminster dog show after McDonald's snack," 11 Feb. 2020 The 4-year-old, colored more like a pale Scotch than an amber Kentucky liquor, could become the first whippet since 1964 named America's top dog. Jake Seiner, Anchorage Daily News, "Happy meal: Poodle stops for fast food, wins at Westminster," 11 Feb. 2020 Could the liquor cabinet yield that sort of breakthrough? Eric Boodman, STAT, "The vodka trial: In search of a treatment for vocal disorders, a researcher puts patient anecdotes to the test," 10 Feb. 2020 The application was sought in preparation for a $20 million downtown development of apartments, businesses and townhouses, to be completed in 2022, which will likely attract restaurants that want to sell liquor. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "A landlocked Indiana town seeks riverfront status for alcohol permits. It's worked before.," 5 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Looking down in South Florida, Key West ranked 13th with 4.0% of such posts being at least a little liquored up. David Selig, sun-sentinel.com, "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, 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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Time Traveler for liquor

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

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Last Updated

21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Liquor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liquor. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for liquor

liquor

noun
How to pronounce liquor (audio)

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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