Definition of liquor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlɪkə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪkər//
    [uncountable] Alcoholic drinks
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  1. 1(especially North American English) strong alcoholic drink synonym spirit hard liquor She drinks wine and beer but no liquor. See related entries: Alcoholic drinks
  2. 2(British English, specialist) any alcoholic drink intoxicating liquor The sale of liquor to persons under 18 is prohibited.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting liquid or something to drink): from Old French lic(o)ur, from Latin liquor; related to liquare ‘liquefy’, liquere ‘be fluid’.Extra examples I don’t drink hard liquor any more. It is an offence to sell intoxicating liquor to anyone under the age of 18. The restaurant finally obtained a liquor licence. She drinks beer and wine but no hard liquor. They were standing outside the liquor store.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: liquor