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

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 building houses a small convenience store with food counter and a separate liquor store. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2022 And be sure to buy your favorite bourbon at a local liquor store. cleveland, 5 May 2022 And then there are men like James Kim, who owned a liquor store at Pico and Normandie for 15 years. Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2022 The year before, liquor store co-owner Soon Ja Du had shot and killed Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old girl. NBC News, 29 Apr. 2022 Commerce focuses on a small strip where a barber shop and a liquor store flank a convenience store where residents can get snack foods, buy lottery tickets and fill their cars with gasoline. Tom Foreman Jr., USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 The Erotic Heritage Museum sits back from a semi-lonely stretch of Sammy Davis Jr. Drive, not far from the freeway, near some escape rooms, a liquor store, a shooting range, and a weed dispensary. Sam Lipsyte, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Juice is a slashie, with a liquor store, wine bar and bottle shop. Chasity Cooper, Chicago Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 Security footage showed Jordan brutally beat Thomas inside the liquor store and again outside moments before the shooter put a bullet into Thomas’ head. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The state’s new rules do not make changes to liquor sales. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Oct. 2021 The card that millions of people use to prove their identity to everyone from police officers to liquor store owners may soon be a thing of the past as a growing number of states develop digital driver's licenses. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 May 2021 The card that millions of people use to prove their identity to everyone from police officers to liquor store owners may soon be a thing of the past as a growing number of states develop digital driver’s licenses. al, 8 May 2021 Chinese investors noted that a large European China mutual fund is increasing its exposure to liquor stock Kweichow Moutai. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 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,, 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, 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, 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, 13 May 2020 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Liquor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for liquor


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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