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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Startups are putting skin care and liquor and fancy watches on the blockchain. Hilary George-parkin, Vox, "The technology behind bitcoin is coming for retail, and you probably won’t even notice.," 18 Oct. 2018 Inside, the shelf has plenty of storage space with room for multiple bottles of liquor and wine. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Hanging Cocktail Bar Is Perfect For Anyone With Zero Counter Space," 24 Aug. 2018 Hocking says any business that serves liquor has a legal responsibility to their customers and the public to know when someone has had enough. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Drunken driver killed her daughters and she's suing: '0.25 — are you kidding me?' | Charlotte Observer," 23 May 2018 To serve liquor, the business must be a restaurant or hotel. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Why This South Carolina Court Ruling Could Shut Down Every Bar in the State," 30 Apr. 2018 Police have detained around a dozen men who are suspected of making and selling the liquor. Laignee Barron, Time, "Toxic 'Bootleg' Alcohol Killed 82 People in Indonesia Last Week," 12 Apr. 2018 Alcohol is a major one—this is why wine, liquor, and beer can all cause facial flushing. Nadia Berenstein, SELF, "Holiday Parties Bring Out the Worst of My Rosacea," 19 Dec. 2018 But for companies in the business of selling those other social lubricants—beer, wine and liquor—the calculus is very different. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Companies Betting on Pot May Be Worse Off When the Smoke Clears," 12 Oct. 2018 Now, an updated analysis of results from a 2016 global study is claiming that there’s actually no amount of wine, beer, or liquor that is beneficial for your overall health. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Alcohol Does Not Have Health Benefits," 24 Aug. 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, 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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