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
Recent Examples on the Web My formula is 1 gallon of 8% to 10% (100 grain) white vinegar, 1 ounce of orange oil (D-limonene), and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap or other surfactant. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Corn gluten meal is the pre-emergent herbicide you want this fall," 8 Sep. 2020 In Sichuan cooking, for instance, smashed cucumbers are seasoned with vinegar, garlic, and sometimes chiles or Sichuan peppercorns, and are served as a cooling side. Washington Post, "Smashed Vegetables With Grains and Citrus-Soy Sauce," 7 Sep. 2020 Gochujang also works as a nifty simple salad dressing, with vinegar and oil, Esterly says. Matt Wake |, al, "Alabama chef picks 5 condiments to shake up your fridge," 1 Sep. 2020 Then, fill a dishwasher-safe bowl with distilled white vinegar and place it in the top rack. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Clean a Dishwasher," 31 Aug. 2020 To clean your washing machine, use the self-clean cycle or run an empty hot-water cycle with vinegar instead of detergent. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Common Laundry Mistakes That Could Be Damaging Your Clothes," 28 Aug. 2020 The one constant is its sweet and tangy flavor, with a touch of sugar or honey and spiked with sharp vinegar. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Caponata offers versatility on the dinner menu," 19 Aug. 2020 If there isn’t enough juice to cover them all, just top the jar off with white vinegar. Paul Stephen,, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: 3 ways to use leftover pickle juice," 8 Aug. 2020 But filling the tank with vinegar and calling it a day may not be the bet way to go. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "How to Clean Your Humidifier," 15 June 2020

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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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12 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vinegar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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