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From Middle English, from licor, from Anglo-Norman licour, from Latin liquor (fluidity, liquidness, a fluid, a liquid), from liquere (to be fluid or liquid); see liquid.



liquor (countable and uncountable, plural liquors)

  1. (obsolete) A liquid.
  2. (obsolete) A drinkable liquid.
  3. A liquid obtained by cooking meat or vegetables (or both).
  4. (chiefly US) Strong alcoholic drink derived from fermentation and distillation; more broadly, any alcoholic drink.
  5. In process industry, a liquid in which a desired reaction takes place, e.g. pulping liquor is a mixture of chemicals and water which breaks wood into its components, thus facilitating the extraction of cellulose.


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liquor (third-person singular simple present liquors, present participle liquoring, simple past and past participle liquored)

  1. (intransitive) To drink liquor, usually to excess.
  2. (transitive) To cause someone to drink liquor, usually to excess.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To grease.
    • Shakespeare
      Liquor fishermen's boots.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for liquor in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



Etymology 1Edit

From liqueō (I am liquid, fluid)



liquor m (genitive liquōris); third declension

  1. fluidity, liquidity
  2. a liquid, fluid

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative liquor liquōrēs
genitive liquōris liquōrum
dative liquōrī liquōribus
accusative liquōrem liquōrēs
ablative liquōre liquōribus
vocative liquor liquōrēs
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Etymology 2Edit



līquor (present infinitive līquī); third conjugation, deponent, no perfect

  1. (intransitive) to be fluid or liquid
  2. (intransitive) to flow
  3. (intransitive) to melt, dissolve
   Conjugation of liquor (third conjugation, deponent, defective)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present līquor līqueris, līquere līquitur līquimur līquiminī līquuntur
imperfect līquēbar līquēbāris, līquēbāre līquēbātur līquēbāmur līquēbāminī līquēbantur
future līquar līquēris, līquēre līquētur līquēmur līquēminī līquentur
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present līquar līquāris, līquāre līquātur līquāmur līquāminī līquantur
imperfect līquerer līquerēris, līquerēre līquerētur līquerēmur līquerēminī līquerentur
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present līquere līquiminī
future līquitor līquitor līquuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives līquī
participles līquēns līquendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
līquere līquendī līquendō līquendum

Etymology 3Edit

Non-lemma forms.




  1. first-person singular present passive indicative of liquō