Definition of spirituous in US English:



formal, archaic
  • Containing much alcohol; distilled.

    ‘spirituous beverages’
    • ‘The food was served in the house and the wake participants then adjourned ‘to a very large barn, in which spirituous liquors of every kind, and tobacco in profusion, with pipes, were distributed.’’
    • ‘To him spirituous liquor is a superfluous and dangerous luxury.’
    • ‘Insects crawled freely around the cracks in the walls, and across the bottles of spirituous beverages.’
    • ‘The current occupant of the White House, we all know is a tee-totaler, but previous Presidents have been well-known for their spirituous preferences.’
    • ‘An overflow crowd, clearly inebriated by spirituous drink, literally gathered around the field and scaled nearby trees to watch the game.’
    intoxicating, inebriating, containing alcohol
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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘spirited, lively’): from Latin spiritus ‘spirit’ + -ous, or from French spiritueux.