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 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 Nevada Reno: Several alcohol distilleries in the state unable to make liquor under current coronavirus shutdowns are turning their attention to another product to help soothe customers. USA TODAY, "Travel restrictions, activities for kids, rising caseloads: News from around our 50 states," 31 Mar. 2020 The liquor distillery is now producing hand sanitizer for the Cleveland Clinic. Phillip Morris, cleveland, "Save a cop’s life by keeping your distance: Phillip Morris," 29 Mar. 2020 Many barrel handoffs are between sibling brands owned by the liquor industry giants. John Kell, Fortune, "Whiskey makers are bending the rules for barrel-aging, signaling a new wave for bourbon," 29 Mar. 2020 Investors are showing a preference for liquor stocks over beer in the global health crisis. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "A Global Downturn Will Test Investors’ Taste for Liquor," 28 Mar. 2020 Alcohol is banned in Iran, and because of the prohibition, bootleggers have distilled methanol, which is considered industrial alcohol and is different than ethanol, which is the active ingredient in liquor. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Hundreds dead in Iran after drinking chemical they thought to be coronavirus protection," 27 Mar. 2020 The Common Table is selling beer and wine half-off and liquor at a discounted price. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "You can now get beer, wine and mixed drinks to-go from your Frisco favorites while stuck at home," 26 Mar. 2020 He was arrested in November 2010 on a parole violation for a theft conviction for having liquor in his home, but he was released from a Kentucky prison in 2012. Cameron Knight,, "Paige Johnson's remains found. 'There's a couple people...that should be really nervous'," 25 Mar. 2020 Down in the office, Hunt was cajoling vendors into allowing him to return unopened cases of liquor and other nonperishable goods. Jon Michaud, The New Yorker, "A Washington Heights Bar Closes Down, with Echoes for All Small Businesses," 24 Mar. 2020 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,, "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 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,, "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


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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3 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Liquor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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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