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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To finish and serve: Just before serving, stir in the Champagne vinegar and lemon juice to the dressing. Sarah Fritsche,, "Recipe: Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad With Chilled Shrimp, Mint & Green Goddess," 3 July 2018 Add red wine vinegar, salt and black pepper, and blend to combine. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "A Cookbook Packed With Red-Blooded Vegetarian Fare," 31 May 2018 Jennifer Rodriguez, chief hygiene officer at Pro Housekeepers says to run equal parts white vinegar and water mix through one brew cycle. Nicole Spector /, NBC News, "The kitchen is the germiest room. Here's how to deep clean everything.," 3 July 2018 Make Tangy Horseradish Fixin': Whisk together prepared horseradish (squeezed of excess moisture), sour cream, white wine vinegar, mayonnaise, and sugar in a bowl. Kristina Kurek, Country Living, "Grilled Hotdogs with Fixin's," 13 June 2018 Put the white wine vinegar, white wine, brown sugar, pink peppercorns, and coriander seeds in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "Take picnic food up a notch by adding Parisian flair | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Apr. 2018 Combine 1 quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a medium pot. Gabriella Vigoreaux, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Your Own Natural Easter Egg Dyes," 5 Feb. 2018 Spray the surface with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "The Best Way to Clean Grout," 29 Mar. 2017 That’s made by adding chopped lettuce, tomato and fresh or fried onions with a sprinkle of oregano and, if desired, some olive oil and vinegar. Joseph A. Gambardello,, "How to make a Philly cheesesteak," 5 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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Phrases Related to vinegar

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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 \

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 \

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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