Definition of liquor in English:

liquor

Line breaks: li¦quor
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪkə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 2A liquid produced or used in a process, in particular:
  • 2.1Liquid 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.
  • 2.2Liquid which 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.
  • 2.3The 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.
    Synonyms
    stock, broth, bouillon, juice, gravy, liquid, infusion, extract, concentrate, decoction
  • 2.4Water used in brewing.

verb

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  • 1Dress (leather) with grease or oil.
  • 2Steep (something, especially malt) in water.

Phrasal verbs

be/get liquored up

North American informal Be or get drunk: he got liquored up again on Friday
More example sentences
  • But we did make plans to go out a couple of weeks later and had a grand old time partying together, getting liquored up and doing karaoke.
  • My father wouldn't let me drive the Porsche but I knew if we all went in one car, once my parents were liquored up, they would give me their keys to drive them home.
  • Of the night before his first college game, age 17, he said, ‘We got liquored up because the beer was there and because we could.’

Origin

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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