vinegar

noun
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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This can be lemon or lime juice, vinegar, olive or nut oil (walnut and hazelnut are especially good), hummus, garlic-tahini dressing, pesto, hot sauce, soy sauce. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Where to pick peaches in Central Florida," 16 Apr. 2018 When mixed with olive oil and lemon juice or vinegar, gremolata makes a distinctive and easy salad dressing or marinade to flavor meat and fish. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "Italian gremolata is great with sandwiches, meats, fish vegetables | Miami Herald," 2 Mar. 2018 Some natural ant deterrents that can be used on your countertops are lemon juice and vinegar. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Ants," 2 Feb. 2018 In a medium bowl, combine tangerine juice, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, cornstarch, 1/4 tsp. Elaine Johnson, Sunset, "Sticky Tangerine and Basil Chicken," 22 Jan. 2018 As a lot of cleaning in the kitchen goes, white vinegar is the answer. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "How to Clean Your Smelly Instant Pot Sealing Ring," 10 Jan. 2018 In a large bowl, combine the green and red cabbages, carrots, onion, shallot, chilies, lime juice, vinegar, garlic, adobo, salt, and pepper. Fox News, "Recipes for your Caribbean themed party," 3 June 2013 Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, wine, lemon juice, vinegar, and raisins and bring the mixture to a boil. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Alex Hitz's Chicken Country Captain Recipe," 2 Feb. 2013

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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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More Definitions for vinegar

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 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

vinegar

noun
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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