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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After that, wipe the shelves with a lightly damp cloth (no need for cleaning supplies like vinegar or baking soda here). Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Clean Your Freezer the Easy Way," 5 Dec. 2018 Repeat this process several times, using a clean bucket of diluted vinegar-water as your base. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How To Remove Slime From Your Furniture, Carpet And More," 5 Dec. 2018 Filipino cooks take the fermentation a step further to produce cloudy-white coconut vinegar with a floral aroma and smooth bite. Max Falkowitz, WSJ, "Flake News: Fresh Coconut Is Delicious," 23 Nov. 2018 Clothing Soak your clothes in a mix of water and vinegar before washing, and add baking soda to the wash. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get the Smoke Smell Out of Your House," 14 Nov. 2018 Toss grapes and remaining Tbsp vinegar with vegetables on pan and continue roasting until fennel is golden brown and tender and grapes begin to burst, about 8 minutes. Amanda Garrity, Redbook, "Balsamic-Rosemary Pork," 20 Aug. 2018 For the topping, toss zucchini, corn, and onions with a vinegar-oil marinade and after the dough is lightly cooked, grill the vegetables. Karoline Boehm Goodnick,, "Recipe: A large round of pizza dough is grilled with veggies and ricotta, then drizzled with honey," 9 July 2018 Then run only water through another cycle to get rid of the vinegar aroma. Nicole Spector /, NBC News, "The kitchen is the germiest room. Here's how to deep clean everything.," 3 July 2018 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

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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 \

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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