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 Exploration specialists Ocean X Team and iXplorer recently salvaged a haul of cognac and liquor from the ship. Fox News, "Shipwreck reveals its boozy treasure: Czar’s 100-year-old liquor salvaged from WW I wreck," 9 Nov. 2019 And for the best [local] gift of all — Bully Boy Distillers liquors. BostonGlobe.com, "On Halloween, Past and Present," 9 Nov. 2019 Legislative leaders announced Friday a second hearing to examine the operations of the Connecticut Port Authority, days after state auditors criticized its spending on food, lodging and liquor. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Legislature sets 2nd hearing into Connecticut Port Authority after state auditors rap agency for lodging, food and liquor expenses," 8 Nov. 2019 At the same time, restaurants do not want to sacrifice the revenue garnered from liquor, beer and wine sales. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "BYOB spots in Houston that let you bring in your own booze...but there are rules," 8 Nov. 2019 In response, some people suggested that the product might not actually be made from grapes and that state liquor laws may be the reason the eggnog is branded as wine. Morgan Raum, PEOPLE.com, "Costco Shoppers Are Loving This $9 Eggnog Wine Cocktail," 7 Nov. 2019 Two restaurants that opened in the last year were fined Wednesday for serving alcohol to a minor during a liquor compliance test last month. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "Two new Harford restaurants fined for serving alcohol to a minor," 7 Nov. 2019 The latest location has full liquor with a bar in the back, 35 sidewalk seats out front and a modern, airy interior with high ceilings, wooden tables and wood-laminate flooring. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Shabo’s Mediterranean Barbecue in Hollywood makes a lateral move for the better," 7 Nov. 2019 Whatever your brown liquor of choice may be — rye, Irish whiskey or bourbon — mixing it with Bitters & Soda makes a terrific highball before dinner. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "Bitters and soda, the classic combination, now comes in a can and it’s being embraced by those cutting back on drinking," 5 Nov. 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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14 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for liquor

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

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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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