vinegar

noun

vin·​e·​gar ˈvi-ni-gər How to pronounce vinegar (audio)
1
: a sour liquid obtained by fermentation of dilute alcoholic liquids and used as a condiment or preservative
2
: ill humor : sourness
3
: vim

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 Standard pickling involves preserving cucumbers in salt, with or without tangy acid—like vinegar—and other possible ingredients, such as sugar and seasonings. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health, 15 Feb. 2024 Add both vinegars and toss until all of the vegetables are coated and have absorbed the liquid. Jamie Schler, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The vinegar’s acidity nicely balances the deep, savory notes in the dish. Christopher Kimball, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 This helps the rub adhere to the ribs but also the vinegar in the mustard is helpful. Kathy Mooreand, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 Step 4 To the hot pan, add the vinegar and spoon it over the chicken until reduced slightly, about 1 minute. Saveur Editors, Saveur, 18 Jan. 2024 Rusu seconds the endorsement and has found that this particular vinegar does a better job than other acids in activating dry leavening agents. Charlotte Druckman, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Dijon mustard, vinegar, hot sauce, and pickle relish are all good options. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 5 Feb. 2024 In metaphor, vinegar tends to get a bad, or at least a vulgar, rap. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English vinegre, from Anglo-French vin egre, from vin wine (from Latin vinum) + egre keen, sour — more at eager

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vinegar was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Vinegar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vinegar. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

vinegar

noun
vin·​e·​gar ˈvin-i-gər How to pronounce vinegar (audio)
: a sour liquid obtained from cider, wine, or malt and used to flavor or preserve foods
Etymology

Middle English vinegre "vinegar," from early French vin egre (same meaning), literally, "sour wine," from vin "wine" and egre "sharp, sour, eager"; vin from Latin vinum "wine" and egre from Latin acer "sharp, sour, spirited" — related to eager, vine, vintage

Medical Definition

vinegar

noun
vin·​e·​gar ˈvin-i-gər How to pronounce vinegar (audio)
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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