- any liquid or juice: meat liquor
- an alcoholic drink, esp. one made by distillation, as whiskey or rum
- Pharmacy a solution of some substance in water
Origin of liquoraltered (infl. by L) from Middle English licour from Old French licor from Classical Latin liquor, akin to liquere: see liquid
- An alcoholic beverage made by distillation rather than by fermentation.
- A rich broth resulting from the prolonged cooking of meat or vegetables, especially greens. Also called pot liquor .
- An aqueous solution of a nonvolatile substance.
- A solution, emulsion, or suspension for industrial use.
transitive verbliq·uored, liq·uor·ing, liq·uors
- To steep (malt, for example).
- Slang To make drunk with alcoholic liquor. Often used with up: was all liquored up.
Origin of liquorMiddle English licour a liquid from Old French from Latin liquor from liquēre to be liquid
(countable and uncountable, plural liquors)
- A liquid obtained by cooking meat or vegetables (both).
- (chiefly US) Strong alcoholic drink derived from fermentation and distillation.
- In process industry, a liquid in which a desired reaction takes place, e.g. pulping liquor is a mixture of chemicals and water which breaks wood into its components, thus facilitating the extraction of cellulose.
(third-person singular simple present liquors, present participle liquoring, simple past and past participle liquored)
- (intransitive) To drink liquor, usually to excess.
- To cause someone to drink liquor, usually to excess.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.