1. An alcoholic beverage made by distillation rather than by fermentation.
2. A rich broth resulting from the prolonged cooking of meat or vegetables, especially greens. Also called pot liquor.
3. An aqueous solution of a nonvolatile substance.
4. A solution, emulsion, or suspension for industrial use.
tr.v. liq·uored, liq·uor·ing, liq·uors
1. To steep (malt, for example).
2. Slang To make drunk with alcoholic liquor. Often used with up: was all liquored up.
[Middle English licour, a liquid, from Old French, from Latin liquor, from liquēre, to be liquid.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2020 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:
The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.