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alcohol (ˈælkəˌhɒl Pronunciation for alcohol



  1. Also called: ethanol, ethyl alcohol. a colourless flammable liquid, the active principle of intoxicating drinks, produced by the fermentation of sugars, esp glucose, and used as a solvent and in the manufacture of organic chemicals. Formula: C2H5OH
  2. a drink or drinks containing this substance
  3. (chemistry) any one of a class of organic compounds that contain one or more hydroxyl groups bound to carbon atoms. The simplest alcohols have the formula ROH, where R is an alkyl group Compare phenol (sense 2) See also diol, triol

Word Origin

C16: via New Latin from Medieval Latin, from Arabic al-kuhl powdered antimony; see kohl


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= drink, spirits, liquor, intoxicant, juice, booze, the bottle, grog, the hard stuff, strong drink, Dutch courage, firewater, John Barleycorn, hooch or hootch, falling-down juice
= ethanol, ethyl alcohol

Translations for 'alcohol'

  • British English: alcoholPronunciation for alcohol Drinks that can make people drunk, such as beer, wine, and whisky, can be referred to as alcohol.Do either of you drink alcohol?ˈælkəˌhɒl NOUN
  • Arabic: كُحُولPronunciation for كُحُول
  • Brazilian Portuguese: álcoolPronunciation for álcool
  • Chinese: 酒精Pronunciation for 酒精
  • Croatian: alkoholPronunciation for alkohol
  • Czech: alkoholPronunciation for alkohol
  • Danish: alkoholPronunciation for alkohol
  • Dutch: alcoholPronunciation for alcohol
  • European Spanish: alcoholPronunciation for alcohol
  • Finnish: alkoholiPronunciation for alkoholi
  • French: alcoolPronunciation for alcool
  • German: AlkoholPronunciation for Alkohol
  • Greek: οινόπνευμαPronunciation for οινόπνευμα
  • Italian: alcolPronunciation for alcol
  • Japanese: アルコールPronunciation for アルコール
  • Korean: 알코올Pronunciation for 알코올
  • Norwegian: alkoholPronunciation for alkohol
  • Polish: alkoholPronunciation for alkohol
  • Portuguese: álcoolPronunciation for álcool
  • Romanian: alcool alcooluri
  • Russian: алкогольPronunciation for алкоголь
  • Spanish: alcoholPronunciation for alcohol
  • Swedish: alkoholPronunciation for alkohol
  • Thai: เหล้าPronunciation for เหล้า
  • Turkish: alkolPronunciation for alkol
  • Ukrainian: алкогольні напої
  • Vietnamese: rượu cồnPronunciation for rượu cồn

Example Sentences Including 'alcohol'

By the early hours both men were pale with exhaustion, coffee and alcohol.
Kippax, Frank The Scar
He sat at the steering wheel, tearful, panting with the alcohol in his system.
He wanted that ferocity of the pure, colourless alcohol in is throat.


Comment byCollins Dictionary (Admin) on 24 Jun 2014

'alcohol' definition based on an original suggestion by WritersCramp made on the 21 March 2014.

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