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 liquor (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 The administrative citation cases will be heard by the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for potential penalties, including fines or the suspension or revocation of liquor licenses. Jane Morice |, cleveland, "Warrensville Heights, Cleveland bars cited for violating coronavirus health orders," 11 Apr. 2021 Under Alabama Law, the entertainment district designation allows participating businesses with liquor licenses to sell alcohol to be consumed off-premises within the boundaries of the district and within its hours of operation. William Thornton |, al, "Mountain Brook could get 3 entertainment districts under new legislation," 5 Apr. 2021 The Unit does not have any authority over outdoor spaces or establishments without liquor licenses. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, "'It's very concerning': Council member calls on city to evaluate COVID-19 precautions at Banks," 30 Mar. 2021 The information was passed along to members of the City Council Public Health, Safety and Transportation Committee, which oversees the number of liquor licenses issued in the city. Steve Lord,, "New axe throwing spot to open in Aurora," 26 Mar. 2021 The measure only applies to restaurants in wet counties with active liquor licenses, and home deliveries would be restricted to a six-pack, a bottle of wine or a 32-ounce mixed drink. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "STATE CAPITOL BRIEFS: Extended session favored by House | Abortion legislation heads to governor | House backs bill on hit-and-run penalty," 23 Mar. 2021 Statewide, just 5% of restaurants and bars surrendered their Oregon liquor licenses in 2020. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "10 days that defined a year of upheaval for Portland restaurants," 17 Mar. 2021 Frey signed an emergency regulation this summer that basically shut down the bar area of 972 businesses that hold on-sale liquor licenses. James Walsh And Mary Lynn Smith, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis lifts bar service restrictions as COVID-19 cases fall," 18 Feb. 2021 Also, music venues would no longer need to have full kitchens to get liquor licenses. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "California liquor bill aims to make restaurant parklets permanent, plus zones for open containers," 5 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The continued restrictions on bars have hurt many establishments that primarily rely on sales of beer, wine, and liquor ― from old-school neighborhood joints to dance clubs to Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. Andy Rosen,, "‘Does COVID only come in when there’s no food?’: Bars and clubs wonder why they’re last to reopen in Mass.," 9 Mar. 2021 Rich Exner took a stab at it with 28 numbers, everything from cases, deaths, hospitalizations and jobs to liquor sales and the amount of weight people gained while spending more time at home. cleveland, "A look at Ohio’s year of COVID-19 and where we’re headed: Capitol Letter," 8 Mar. 2021 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

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Liquor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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