liquor

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See also: liqueur

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from licor, from Anglo-Norman licour, from Latin liquor (fluidity, liquidness, a fluid, a liquid), from liquere (to be fluid or liquid); see liquid.

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liquor (countable and uncountable, plural liquors)

  1. (obsolete) A liquid.
  2. (obsolete) A drinkable liquid.
  3. A liquid obtained by cooking meat or vegetables (or both).
  4. (chiefly US) Strong alcoholic drink derived from fermentation and distillation.
  5. 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.

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liquor (third-person singular simple present liquors, present participle liquoring, simple past and past participle liquored)

  1. (intransitive) To drink liquor, usually to excess.
  2. (transitive) To cause someone to drink liquor, usually to excess.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To grease.
    • Shakespeare
      Liquor fishermen's boots.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From liqueō (I am liquid, fluid)

Noun[edit]

liquor m (genitive liquōris); third declension

  1. fluidity, liquidity
  2. a liquid, fluid
Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative liquor liquōrēs
genitive liquōris liquōrum
dative liquōrī liquōribus
accusative liquōrem liquōrēs
ablative liquōre liquōribus
vocative liquor liquōrēs
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Etymology 2[edit]

Inflected form of liquō (melt; filter).

Verb[edit]

liquor

  1. first-person singular present passive indicative of liquō

References[edit]

  • liquor in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • liquor in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879