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 Dictionary entry overview: What does alcohol mean? 

ALCOHOL (noun)
  The noun ALCOHOL has 2 senses:

1. a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent
2. any of a series of volatile hydroxyl compounds that are made from hydrocarbons by distillation

  Familiarity information: ALCOHOL used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ALCOHOL (noun)

Sense 1alcohol [BACK TO TOP]


A liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks


alcohol; alcoholic beverage; inebriant; intoxicant

Context example:

alcohol (or drink) ruined him

Hypernyms ("alcohol" is a kind of...):

drug of abuse; street drug (a drug that is taken for nonmedicinal reasons (usually for mind-altering effects); drug abuse can lead to physical and mental damage and (with some substances) dependence and addiction)

beverage; drink; drinkable; potable (any liquid suitable for drinking)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "alcohol"):

proof spirit (a mixture containing half alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit)

koumiss; kumis (an alcoholic beverage made from fermented mare's milk; made originally by nomads of central Asia)

rotgut (any alcoholic beverage of inferior quality)

perry (a fermented and often effervescent beverage made from juice of pears; similar in taste to hard cider)

hard cider (alcoholic drink from fermented cider; 'cider' and 'cyder' are European (especially British) usages for the fermented beverage)

mixed drink (made of two or more ingredients)

cordial; liqueur (strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal)

pulque (fermented Mexican drink from juice of various agave plants especially the maguey)

ethyl alcohol; neutral spirits (nonflavored alcohol of 95 percent or 190 proof used for blending with straight whiskies and in making gin and liqueurs)

booze; hard drink; hard liquor; John Barleycorn; liquor; spirits; strong drink (an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented)

vino; wine (fermented juice (of grapes especially))

home brew; homebrew (an alcoholic beverage (especially beer) made at home)

hooch; hootch (an illicitly distilled (and usually inferior) alcoholic liquor)

kava; kavakava (an alcoholic drink made from the aromatic roots of the kava shrub)

aperitif (taken before a meal as an appetizer)

brew; brewage (drink made by steeping and boiling and fermenting rather than distilling)

rice beer; sake; saki (Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice; usually served hot)

nipa (made from sap of the Australasian nipa palm)

Sense 2alcohol [BACK TO TOP]


Any of a series of volatile hydroxyl compounds that are made from hydrocarbons by distillation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("alcohol" is a kind of...):

liquid (a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "alcohol"):

propanol; propyl alcohol (a clear colorless volatile liquid (alcohol) used as a solvent and antiseptic)

1-dodecanol; lauryl alcohol (a colorless insoluble solid alcohol used to make detergents and pharmaceuticals)

glycerin; glycerine; glycerol (a sweet syrupy trihydroxy alcohol obtained by saponification of fats and oils)

dihydric alcohol; diol; glycol (any of a class of alcohols having 2 hydroxyl groups in each molecule)

cyclohexanol (a colorless oily alcohol that smells like camphor)

butanol; butyl alcohol (a flammable alcohol derived from butanes and used for solvents)

amyl alcohol (a mixture of 2 or more isomeric alcohols; used as a solvent and in organic synthesis)

allyl alcohol; propenyl alcohol (an unsaturated primary alcohol present in wood spirit; use to make resins and plasticizers and pharmaceuticals)

isopropanol; isopropyl alcohol (alcohol used as antifreeze or a solvent)

ethanol; ethyl alcohol; fermentation alcohol; grain alcohol (the intoxicating agent in fermented and distilled liquors; used pure or denatured as a solvent or in medicines and colognes and cleaning solutions and rocket fuel; proposed as a renewable clean-burning additive to gasoline)

methanol; methyl alcohol; wood alcohol; wood spirit (a light volatile flammable poisonous liquid alcohol; used as an antifreeze and solvent and fuel and as a denaturant for ethyl alcohol)

steroid alcohol; sterol (any of a group of natural steroid alcohols derived from plants or animals; they are waxy insoluble substances)

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