vinegar

noun
vin·​e·​gar | \ˈvi-ni-gər \

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

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Examples of vinegar in a Sentence

glad to see his old friend was still full of vinegar after so many years

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Stir in the vinegar and sugar, reduce the heat to medium low and cook until the onions are soft and the syrup is sticky, 10 minutes. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Vegetarian (or vegan) guests for Thanksgiving? Serve them this beauty," 13 Nov. 2018 Add mixture to the detergent container of your machine and pour the vinegar into the drum. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "The Stupid-Easy Way To Clean Your Washing Machine," 5 Sep. 2018 Basil vinegars are good for salad dressings; those made with purple basils are colorful as well as tasty. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Basil for Your Best Pesto Yet," 20 Aug. 2018 Cheap, nontoxic and readily available, vinegar is one of my favorite go-to household cleaners. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Jam, jelly … what's the difference?," 11 July 2018 For the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, mustard, honey, salt and pepper. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Edamame Succotash Salad," 11 July 2018 Cider vinegar is fruity, and sherry vinegar is nutty. Becky Krystal, sacbee, "Shake it up: Lots of vinaigrette options," 10 July 2018 And the tomatoes must be scattered with care, their interiors brightened by the vinegar, their acidity matching that of the melting shallots, the fire of the black pepper. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "Wedge Salads Don’t Need Gussying, Just the Proper Assembly," 2 July 2018 In a small nonreactive saucepan over medium heat, heat the vinegar to just below boiling (about 200 degrees F), then pour it over the blueberries and sugar. Joe Gray, chicagotribune.com, "Savory meets sweet as summer fruit transforms into stellar ice cream toppings," 2 July 2018

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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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The first known use of vinegar was in the 13th century

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vinegar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vinegar

: a sour liquid that is used to flavor or preserve foods or to clean things

vinegar

noun
vin·​e·​gar | \ˈvi-ni-gər \

Kids Definition of vinegar

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

vinegar

noun
vin·​e·​gar | \ˈvin-i-gər \

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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