so·​bri·​ety sə-ˈbrī-ə-tē How to pronounce sobriety (audio)
: the quality or state of being sober

Examples of sobriety in a Sentence

They did a sobriety test on him. the sobriety of the situation
Recent Examples on the Web However, Richards — who also took a break from the OR amid his sobriety journey — struggled with returning to the OR and left her alone to do the surgery. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2024 Comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish is two months strong on her sobriety journey. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 2 Apr. 2024 After a few minutes, police conducted a field sobriety test, during which the driver stumbles when lifting one of his legs in the air, the video shows. Grethel Aguila, Miami Herald, 31 Mar. 2024 The Orange Is the New Black actor has previously been open about his struggles with alcohol and drug addiction, celebrating his one year of sobriety on Instagram in October 2018. Carly Thomas, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Mar. 2024 Last year, mostly one of sobriety and recovery for crypto, was punctuated by the SEC’s near-constant announcements of new fines for misbehaving companies in this industry. Will Gottsegen, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2024 Records show Bryan refused a sobriety test and had a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or more. Taijuan Moorman, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024 Others were looking forward to the return of the sobriety meetings, which will start again next week, Khorunzhiy said. Sarah Mosqueda, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2024 This time there will be big life changes for Mayan and the whole Lopez familia while George takes his first step in sobriety. Joe Otterson, Variety, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Middle English sobrete, from Anglo-French sobreté, from Latin sobrietat-, sobrietas, from sobrius

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sobriety was in the 15th century

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“Sobriety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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so·​bri·​ety sə-ˈbrī-ət-ē How to pronounce sobriety (audio)
: the quality or state of being sober

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