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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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 Officials declined to say ahead of time what products would be targeted, but draft lists have included airplanes, wine and liquor, tractors, motorcycle parts and U.S. meat and produce, among other products. Washington Post, "E.U. imposes $4 billion tariffs on U.S. products despite Biden victory," 9 Nov. 2020 Waynesville: Nana & Papa 343, L.L.C., doing business as Hammel House, a bed and breakfast/restaurant at 121 S. Main St., is seeking approval to allow the sale beer, wine and mixed beverages, and spirituous liquor. Jennie Key, The Enquirer, "Warren County voters will have tax levies and issues to decide Nov. 3," 31 Oct. 2020 Joseph Falcone, 60, formerly operated the 3G's VINO LLC, a wine and liquor distributor based in Bethpage and Farmingdale, New York. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Wine distributor gets 2 years in prison for fraud scheme involving 'Shark Tank' product," 11 Oct. 2020 The post goes on to advise against high-sugar drinks and recommend low-calorie options like dry wine and liquor mixed with club soda. Christine Byrne,, "What Is the F-Factor Diet, and Is it Safe? Here's What Nutritionists Say," 21 Sep. 2020 Trevor's, a craft beer, wine, liquor and cigar emporium complete with a bar, humidor and two patios, will soon open in the same neighborhood. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Here are 3 new bottle shops to check out soon in Phoenix and Scottsdale," 9 Sep. 2020 And without filling growlers or canning beers, the craft beer industry can end up with margins worse than those for wine and liquor sales. Grace Wong,, "‘It feels like we’re blocked at every turn’: With threats of $10,000 fines for COVID-19 violations, some restaurants say the punishment doesn’t fit the crime," 31 Aug. 2020 The next day, Illinois allowed bars and restaurants to start selling unopened bottles of beer, wine and liquor, but mixed drinks were excluded. Author: Dee-ann Durbin, Anchorage Daily News, "To-go drinks an elixir for public, a lifeline for business," 25 Aug. 2020 By law, non-Muslim residents are supposed to carry red plastic cards issued by the Dubai police that permit them to purchase, transport and consume beer, wine and liquor. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "Alcohol rules again loosen as Dubai seeks economic recovery," 19 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Booming hard seltzer market now has Indiana breweries in the mix," 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, "Here's what you should know about Indianapolis' plan to begin reopening," 13 May 2020 Fearing the bars would liquor up more potential dissidents, the chief made the arbitrary decision to order the bars closed. Paula Schleis,, "Making the call: Why Kent's mayor asked the governor to send the Guard to Kent State," 1 May 2020 And there would be questions about which workers are truly essential to creating the public health benefits and should receive the higher pay – should liquor employees be included? Leigh Osofsky, The Conversation, "Striking Amazon, Instacart employees reveal how a basic economic principle could derail our ability to combat the coronavirus," 7 Apr. 2020 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

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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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Liquor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce liquor (audio)

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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