vin·​e·​gar | \ ˈvi-ni-gər How to pronounce vinegar (audio) \

Definition of vinegar

1 : a sour liquid obtained by fermentation of dilute alcoholic liquids and used as a condiment or preservative
2 : ill humor : sourness
3 : vim

Examples of vinegar in a Sentence

glad to see his old friend was still full of vinegar after so many years
Recent Examples on the Web Add a splash of vinegar to keep bees out of the trap. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 13 June 2022 Mix together a cup of vinegar and three cups of water in a large bowl. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 9 June 2022 Another natural method for preserving a pumpkin is to use the ever-useful ingredient of vinegar. Madison Alcedo, Woman's Day, 7 June 2022 The crux of an agrodolce is a warmed sweetener like sugar or honey paired with a hit of acid, usually in the form of vinegar. Christian Reynoso, Bon Appétit, 26 May 2022 Into the soap dispenser, pour a mixture of ¼ cup water and ¼ cup baking soda, and into the empty washing machine, pour two cups of white vinegar. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 Today’s fixtures often sport high-end finishes that can be damaged by the vinegar soak often recommended to clear a clogged shower head. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 7 June 2022 The salt and vinegar cheese curds ($12) served with black garlic sauce is another staple. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 7 June 2022 The dish soap, for instance, features pleasant notes of orange blossom, while the surface spray (our personal favorite) tempers a squeaky-clean vinegar base with fig, cedar, and lavender. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 3 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vinegar

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vinegar

Middle English vinegre, from Anglo-French vin egre, from vin wine (from Latin vinum) + egre keen, sour — more at eager

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21 Jun 2022

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“Vinegar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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vin·​e·​gar | \ ˈvi-ni-gər How to pronounce vinegar (audio) \

Kids Definition of vinegar

: a sour liquid made from cider, wine, or malt and used to flavor or preserve foods


vin·​e·​gar | \ ˈvin-i-gər How to pronounce vinegar (audio) \

Medical Definition of vinegar

1 : a sour liquid used as a condiment or a preservative that is obtained by acetic fermentation of dilute alcoholic liquids (as fermented cider, malt beer, or wine) or of dilute distilled alcohol
2 : a pharmaceutical solution of the active principles of drugs in dilute acetic acid usually prepared by maceration aromatic vinegar

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