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

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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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Add vinegar and continue cooking, stirring until liquid has evaporated. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Black Bean and Corn Enchilada Casserole: Fiber rich and vegetarian," 7 Sep. 2019 Add a little vinegar to the water to remove gunk on your dishes and get them nice and clean. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Economical corn chowder," 4 Sep. 2019 Salad dressing: Cut salad dressings in half, and add vinegar or lemon juice for flavor. Julie Compton, NBC News, "How this award-winning chef combined his cooking skills with data to lose 35 pounds," 28 Aug. 2019 Add the vinegar, water, sugar, and salt to the now-empty saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Anya Fernald shares her signature recipes," 24 Aug. 2019 Add sherry vinegar and Dijon mustard; cook, scraping up any brown bits, until incorporated, 1 minute. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Tomato Salad With Bacon Vinaigrette," 5 Aug. 2019 Taste for seasoning, and add more vinegar and/or salt as needed. Joe Yonan, The Denver Post, "This elegant, pantry-friendly white gazpacho deserves to be as famous as its red cousin," 31 July 2019 Add vinegar to orange segments and juice and toss to combine; season with kosher salt and pepper., "Recipe: Roast Sausage and Fennel with Orange," 17 July 2019 Finely chopped meat can dry out easily, which some restaurants counteract by continually adding vinegar, which can overpower the meat after a while. Larry Olmstead, USA TODAY, "Great American Bites BBQ road trip: The country's best regional barbecue joints," 9 July 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of vinegar

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


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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