- a sour liquid with a pungent odor, containing acetic acid, made by fermenting dilute alcoholic liquids, as cider, wine, or malt: it is used as a condiment or preservative
- sour or ill-tempered speech, character, etc.
- forceful vigor
Origin of vinegarMiddle English vinegre from Middle French vinaigre from vin, wine ( from Classical Latin vinum: see vine) + aigre, sour from Classical Latin acris (see acrid)
- A sour liquid containing acetic acid, produced by fermenting a solution (such as wine or fermented rice) containing ethanol produced by a previous fermentation, used as a condiment and preservative.
- Sourness of speech or mood; ill temper.
- Liveliness and enthusiasm; vim.
Origin of vinegarMiddle English vinegre from Old French vinaigre vin wine ( from Latin vīnum ) aigre sour ( from Vulgar Latin acrus ) ( from Latin ācer ; see ak- in Indo-European roots.)
(countable and uncountable, plural vinegars)
(third-person singular simple present vinegars, present participle vinegaring, simple past and past participle vinegared)
- To season with vinegar.
Via Middle English and Old French; compare French vinaigre.