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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The ministry also advised against the consumption, sale or purchase of liquor including Guaro Chonete, Guaro Cuerazo, Guaro Sacheto, Guaro Gran Apache, Red Star Brandy, Guaro Montano, Brandy Red Barnacle, Brandy Timbuka or Brandy Molotov. Gina Martinez, Time, "Costa Rica Confirms 2 More Suspected Alcohol Poisoning Deaths, Raising Death Toll to 25," 19 Aug. 2019 Theft: Mayfield Road An unknown man stole two bottles of liquor from Giant Eagle Aug. 3. cleveland.com, "Man alludes to dog defecation conspiracy: South Euclid Police Blotter," 14 Aug. 2019 In that crime, police said two men were seen stuffing about $1,000 worth of liquor down their pants at the Crown Wine and Spirits store at 1645 Cordova Rd. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "They stuffed liquor bottles down their pants. Are they serial booze bandits?," 14 Aug. 2019 Police were alerted at about 4:15 p.m. that a man was trying to steal a bottle of liquor at Capital Spirits, 73 Pratt St. The suspect ran from the store and police eventually found him on the roof at 11 Asylum St., Rodney said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Hartford officers grab robbery suspect at roof’s edge," 11 Aug. 2019 So far, for instance, only 10 states have signed off on selling weed purely for recreational use — elevating it to the socially acceptable status of liquor. Amy Driscoll And Alex Harris, chicagotribune.com, "These families made a fortune with pot illegally. Now, pot is paying the bills again," 23 July 2019 What everyone’s talking about Costa Rica confiscated 30,000 bottles of liquor after 19 people died. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Can someone read this for R. Kelly?," 22 July 2019 The idea of sweating glasses of brown liquor on a Sunday afternoon while wrapped in a blanket of heat and humidity seems suffocating. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Inside the calculated race to create the next drink of summer," 17 July 2019 Inside, tote bags and a shopping cart were stacked high with more than $1,100 worth of liquor, police said, and then moved toward the emergency exit. Kim Fu, The Mercury News, "Three Antioch residents nabbed in brazen liquor burglary attempt foiled by Vacaville police," 10 July 2019

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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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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