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[spir-i-choo-uh s] /ˈspɪr ɪ tʃu əs/
containing, of the nature of, or pertaining to alcohol; alcoholic.
(of alcoholic beverages) distilled, rather than fermented.
Origin of spirituous
1590-1600; < Latin spīritu-, stem of spīritus spirit + -ous
Related forms
spirituously, adverb
spirituousness, noun
nonspirituous, adjective
nonspirituousness, noun
unspirituous, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spirituous
  • As an opiate, or spirituous liquors, shall suspend the operation of grief-Burke.
  • For there is nothing found among us either tangible or spirituous, which does not contract warmth when put near fire.
  • The spirituous liquor is sold only in the original unbroken package, to be consumed off the premises.
  • spirituous liquor bottles in use with a remote dispensing system must be in a locked storage area.
  • Any other primary spirituous liquor not in service must remain unopened.
  • The spirituous beverage tasting must be limited to, and directed toward, the general public of the age of legal consumption.
British Dictionary definitions for spirituous


characterized by or containing alcohol
(of a drink) being a spirit
Derived Forms
spirituosity (ˌspɪrɪtjʊˈɒsɪtɪ), spirituousness, noun
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