- 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.
terms etymologically related to liquor
(third-person singular simple present liquors, present participle liquoring, simple past and past participle liquored)