Definition of liquor in English:


Syllabification: liq·uor
Pronunciation: /ˈlikər


  • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • The coolers often contained rods or branches to increase the surface area on which the liquor could crystallise.


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  • North American informal Be or get drunk.
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    • 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'.

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