Definition of liquor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlikər/


1Alcoholic drink, especially distilled spirits.
Example sentences
  • But men are more likely to order alcohol in casual dining restaurants; both men and women drink liquor and wine.
  • People don't realize that if they order a tall drink they're getting the same amount of liquor as a short drink.
  • At the bar, look for upscale liquor and signature drinks along with a variety of tapas.
alcohol, spirits, drink, alcoholic drink, intoxicating liquor, intoxicant
informal grog, firewater, rotgut, the hard stuff, the bottle, hooch, moonshine
juice, the sauce
2A liquid produced or used in a process of some kind, in particular.
2.1Water used in brewing.
2.2Liquid in which something has been steeped or cooked.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2.3Liquid that drains from food during cooking.
Example sentences
  • They are more similar to dried beans than either crowder or black-eyed peas, and make a clear liquor when cooked.
  • 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.
  • Strain over a wide jug and retain the liquor, discarding the peppercorns.
2.4The liquid from which a substance has been crystallized or extracted.
Example sentences
  • The coolers often contained rods or branches to increase the surface area on which the liquor could crystallise.
stock, broth, bouillon, juice, liquid


(be or get liquored up)
North American informal Be or get drunk.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Middle English (denoting liquid or something to drink): from Old French lic(o)ur, from Latin liquor; related to liquare 'liquefy', liquere 'be fluid'.

Words that rhyme with liquor

bicker, clicker, dicker, flicker, kicker, nicker, picker, pricker, shicker, slicker, snicker, sticker, ticker, tricker, vicar, whicker, Wicca, wicker

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Syllabification: liq·uor

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