Definition of spirit of wine in English:

spirit of wine

(also spirits of wine)


mass nounarchaic
  • Purified alcohol.

    • ‘Robert Boyle's observation in the 1650s that decomposition of animal and human tissues could be prevented by immersing them in spirits of wine was a notable advance.’
    • ‘However translations of far older Indian and Chinese medical documents mention products that would need spirits of wine to produce.’
    • ‘This was purified and dried and when digested with spirits of wine gave the mauve dye.’