[lik-er or for 3, lik-wawr]
a distilled or spirituous beverage, as brandy or whiskey, as distinguished from a fermented beverage, as wine or beer.
any liquid substance, as broth from cooked meats or vegetables.
Pharmacology, solution ( def 6 ).
a solution of a substance, especially a concentrated one used in the industrial arts.
verb (used with object)
Informal. to furnish or ply with liquor to drink (often followed by up ).
verb (used without object)
Informal. to drink large quantities of liquor (often followed by up ).

1175–1225; < Latin: a liquid, orig. liquidity (liqu(ēre) to be liquid + -or -or1); replacing Middle English lic(o)ur < Old French (French liqueur) < Latin liquōrem, accusative of liquor

liquory, adjective
antiliquor, adjective

liqueur, liquor.

2. juice, drippings. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
liquor (ˈlɪkə)
1.  any alcoholic drink, esp spirits, or such drinks collectively
2.  any liquid substance, esp that in which food has been cooked
3.  pharmacol a solution of a pure substance in water
4.  brewing warm water added to malt to form wort
5.  in liquor drunk; intoxicated
6.  brewing to steep (malt) in warm water to form wort; mash
[C13: via Old French from Latin, from liquēre to be liquid]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., likur "any matter in a liquid state," from O.Fr. licour, from L. liquorem (nom. liquor) "liquid, liquidity," from liquere "be fluid." Sense of "fermented or distilled drink" (especially wine) first recorded c.1300. To liquor up "get drunk" is from 1845.
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Medical Dictionary

liquor liq·uor (lĭk'ər)

  1. An aqueous solution, especially of a medicinal substance.

  2. An alcoholic beverage made by distillation rather than by fermentation.

  3. (lī'kwôr, lĭk'wôr) In anatomical nomenclature, a term for any of several body fluids.

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