spir·​it·​ous ˈspir-ə-təs How to pronounce spiritous (audio)
archaic : pure, refined

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Boulevardiers — a spiritous version of a Negroni, with bourbon standing in for gin, is my favorite classic cocktail for the colder months. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Nov. 2021 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, 9 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1684, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of spiritous was in 1684

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Cite this Entry

“Spiritous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiritous. Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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