Definition of alcoholization in US English:



  • 1The action or process of mixing or becoming saturated with alcohol; the formation of alcohol (ethanol) by fermentation.

  • 2Subjection to the effects of alcohol or alcoholic drink.


Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). Partly (i) from (a) French alcoolisation (1628 or earlier as † alcoholisation in the obsolete sense ‘pulverization’; also † alkoholisation; now chiefly in senses ‘development of properties characteristic to alcohol’, ‘action of mixing (a liquid) with alcohol’).