Definition of liquor in English:



  • 1Alcoholic drink, especially distilled spirits.

    • ‘He poured some liquor into the glass and I drank everything down.’
    • ‘With their skills at home brewing, they turned its fruit into a particularly intoxicating liquor.’
    • ‘Distilled liquor (including whisky) is unknown in Europe before the 13 th century AD.’
    • ‘Consider drinking beer instead of hard liquor or wine.’
    • ‘At the bar, look for upscale liquor and signature drinks along with a variety of tapas.’
    • ‘She thought she could smell liquor on his breath, and crossed her arms.’
    • ‘To him spirituous liquor is a superfluous and dangerous luxury.’
    • ‘But men are more likely to order alcohol in casual dining restaurants; both men and women drink liquor and wine.’
    • ‘Poteen he explained is a very potent liquor distilled from potatoes.’
    • ‘Drinking hard liquor and beer both independently contributed to the logistic regression model.’
    • ‘Next, make sure all liquor, beer and wine is stored in a secured area.’
    • ‘In Connecticut, a 1949 ordinance forbids the storing of town records in any place where liquor is sold.’
    • ‘I could smell the liquor on his breath, and I recoiled, disgusted.’
    • ‘"I don't know why I'm still here, " I muttered, drinking another malt liquor.’
    • ‘Help your partner stay away from beer, wine, wine coolers, liquor and mixed drinks.’
    • ‘Of course, it didn't help the performances that apparently bootleg liquor flowed freely during the location shooting.’
    • ‘A drink was defined as ‘a glass of wine, bottle of beer, shot glass of liquor, or mixed drink.’’
    • ‘They should stop smoking tobacco and avoid drinking hard liquor.’
    • ‘People don't realize that if they order a tall drink they're getting the same amount of liquor as a short drink.’
    • ‘The urge was there all right, to buy the cheapest illegal liquor and get drunk in the afternoon.’
    alcohol, spirits, alcoholic drink, strong drink, drink, intoxicating liquor, intoxicant
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  • 2A liquid produced or used in a process of some kind, in particular.

    1. 2.1 Water used in brewing.
    2. 2.2 Liquid in which something has been steeped or cooked.
      • ‘These had been slightly glazed with concentrated poaching liquor and dusted with what tasted like ground-down, caramelised peach crisps.’
      • ‘A lot of popular spicy dishes require the ingredients to be marinated in a liquor for a few hours or overnight.’
    3. 2.3 Liquid that drains from food during cooking.
      • ‘Imagine you are making jam and have gotten to the point where you pour the steaming liquor of fruit, sugar, and pectin into the jars.’
      • ‘After the required period of time, press-strain the herbs through a fine cloth and store the liquor for use.’
      • ‘Strain over a wide jug and retain the liquor, discarding the peppercorns.’
      • ‘They are more similar to dried beans than either crowder or black-eyed peas, and make a clear liquor when cooked.’
    4. 2.4 The liquid from which a substance has been crystallized or extracted.
      • ‘The coolers often contained rods or branches to increase the surface area on which the liquor could crystallise.’
      stock, broth, bouillon, juice, gravy, liquid, infusion, extract, concentrate, decoction
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be" or "get liquored up
North American
  • Be or get drunk.

    • ‘But this stuff kicks - put it in a club, liquor up the audience, lay the lights low and let the band tear into this thing and you'll blow out the doors.’
    • ‘Dating at work doesn't mean heading out to the ‘Team Building Off-Site and Margarita Blast’ just to liquor up that flirt in Accounts Receivable.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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Middle English (denoting liquid or something to drink): from Old French lic(o)ur, from Latin liquor; related to liquare liquefy liquere be fluid.