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spirits (alcoholic beverage)

Definition:

an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented

Class:

food noun (foods and drinks)

Related to:

spiritous | spirituous

Plural:

spirits*
(* spirits may be used in a singular or plural context)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

from Old French esperit, from Latin spīritus breath, spirit; related to spīrāre...
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of spirits...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Spirit

many differing meanings and connotations, most of them relating to a non-corporeal substance contrasted with the material body. The word spirit is often used metaphysically to refer to the consciousness or personality. The notions of a person's spirit... (38 of 1769 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Spirit

Collins Dictionary:

spirits | spirit | liveliness [synonym, sense-specific] | will [synonym, sense-specific] | feeling [synonym, sense-specific] | attitude [synonym, sense-specific] | mettle [synonym, sense-specific]

an emotional state, especially with regard to exaltation or dejection | the force or principle of life that animates the body of living things | ... (23 of 867 words, 22 definitions, 21 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/spirits

Random House Dictionary:

spirit | Spirit [sense-specific] | spirits [sense-specific] | out of spirits [sense-specific] | the Spirit [sense-specific] | alcohol [British, synonym, sense-specific] | God [synonym, sense-specific]

the principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul. | the incorporeal part of ... (23 of 407 words, 31 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/spirit

Cambridge Dictionary:

spirit [entry 1] | spirits | the spirit of a law/rule, etc. | spirit of a law, etc. | spirit of a rule, etc. | enter/get into the spirit | enter into the spirit | get into the spirit | that's the spirit

[singular or U] a particular way of thinking, feeling or behaving, ... | "spirits": the way a person is feeling | "the spirit of a law/rule, etc.": ... (25 of 196 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/spirit 1

Wiktionary:

spirits | liquor [United States, synonym, sense-specific]

Third-person singular simple present indicative form of spirit. | [plural] distilled alcoholic beverages. | Plural form of spirit (16 of 20 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/spirits

Merriam-Webster:

John Barleycorn | aqua vitae [synonym] | ardent spirits [synonym] | booze [synonym] | bottle [synonym] | drink [synonym] | firewater [synonym] | grog [synonym] | hooch [slang, synonym] | ...

alcoholic liquor personified (3 of 125 words, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/john barleycorn

Oxford Dictionary:

John Barleycorn

a personification of barley, or of malt liquor (8 of 28 words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/John-Barleycorn

American Heritage Dictionary:

John Barleycorn

A personification of alcoholic liquor. (5 of 8 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/john-barleycorn

New World Dictionary:

John Barleycorn

corn liquor, malt liquor, etc. (5 of 7 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/john-barleycorn

Macmillan British Dictionary:

strong drink [uncountable]

alcoholic drinks, especially alcoholic spirits (5 of 31 words)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/strong-drink

Britannica Encyclopedia:

alcoholic beverage | CH3CH2OH [chemical formula]

any fermented liquor, such as wine, beer, or distilled spirit, that contains ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, as an intoxicating agent. A brief treatment of ... (24 of 461 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/13435​/alcoholic-beverage

Columbia Encyclopedia:

alcohol

any of a class of organic compounds with the general formula R-OH, where R represents an alkyl group made up of carbon and hydrogen in various ... (26 of 302 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0803140​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

John Barleycorn [literary or humorous]

the personification of alcoholic drink (5 of 23 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695057​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Collins Dictionary:

spirits | spirit

First use: 13th century | 14th century

Origin: from Old French esperit, from Latin spīritus breath, spirit; related to spīrāre to breathe | special use of spirit1, ... (22 of 36 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/spirits

Audio references

Wiktionary:

spirits

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "spirits"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/spirits

the Free Dictionary:

spirits

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "spirits"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "spirits"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/spirits

freedictionary.org:

spirits

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "spirits" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=spirits

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