spir·​it·​ous | \ ˈspir-ə-təs How to pronounce spiritous (audio) \

Definition of spiritous

1 archaic : pure, refined

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And the maple hammer, this menu’s dark-bitter-spiritous entry, is rich in flavor, with the deep notes of maple and walnut trailing the finish. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "White Cap brings great cocktails and surfer vibe to the Outer Sunset," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of spiritous

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of spiritous was in 1605

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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