Alcohol is a distilled or fermented drink that can make you drunk. Beer, wine and vodka are all kinds of alcohol.

Scientifically, alcohol is a liquid made up of distilled hydrocarbons that's also known as ethyl alcohol or ethanol — the same stuff found in solvents and car fuel. At the bar, alcohol is something you drink (as long as you're at least 21). Alcoholic beverages like whiskey and lager are produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugar and starches and have the power to make a person intoxicated.

Definitions of alcohol
  1. noun
    any of a series of volatile hydroxyl compounds that are made from hydrocarbons by distillation
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    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
    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
    isopropanol, isopropyl alcohol
    alcohol used as antifreeze or a solvent
    allyl alcohol, propenyl alcohol
    an unsaturated primary alcohol present in wood spirit; use to make resins and plasticizers and pharmaceuticals
    amyl alcohol
    a mixture of 2 or more isomeric alcohols; used as a solvent and in organic synthesis
    butanol, butyl alcohol
    a flammable alcohol derived from butanes and used for solvents
    a colorless oily alcohol that smells like camphor
    dihydric alcohol, diol, glycol
    any of a class of alcohols having 2 hydroxyl groups in each molecule
    glycerin, glycerine, glycerol
    a sweet syrupy trihydroxy alcohol obtained by saponification of fats and oils
    1-dodecanol, lauryl alcohol
    a colorless insoluble solid alcohol used to make detergents and pharmaceuticals
    propanol, propyl alcohol
    a clear colorless volatile liquid (alcohol) used as a solvent and antiseptic
    steroid alcohol, sterol
    any of a group of natural steroid alcohols derived from plants or animals; they are waxy insoluble substances
    spirits of wine
    rectified ethyl alcohol
    absolute alcohol
    pure ethyl alcohol (containing no more than 1% water)
    denatured alcohol
    ethyl alcohol that is unfit for drinking but is still useful for other purposes
    cholesterin, cholesterol
    an animal sterol that is normally synthesized by the liver; the most abundant steroid in animal tissues
    a plant sterol that is converted into vitamin D by ultraviolet radiation
    type of:
    a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure
  2. noun
    a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent
    alcohol (or drink) ruined him”
    synonyms: alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, inebriant, intoxicant
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    proof spirit
    a mixture containing half alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit
    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
    alcoholic beverage 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
    made from sap of the Australasian nipa palm
    vino, wine
    fermented juice (of grapes especially)
    John Barleycorn, booze, hard drink, hard liquor, liquor, spirits, strong drink
    an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
    ethyl alcohol, neutral spirits
    nonflavored alcohol of 95 percent or 190 proof used for blending with straight whiskies and in making gin and liqueurs
    fermented Mexican drink from juice of various agave plants especially the maguey
    cordial, liqueur
    strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal
    mixed drink
    made of two or more ingredients
    hard cider
    alcoholic drink from fermented cider; `cider' and `cyder' are European (especially British) usages for the fermented beverage
    a fermented and often effervescent beverage made from juice of pears; similar in taste to hard cider
    any alcoholic beverage of inferior quality
    an amount of an alcoholic drink (usually liquor) that is poured or gulped
    koumiss, kumis
    an alcoholic beverage made from fermented mare's milk; made originally by nomads of central Asia
    a general name for alcoholic beverages made by fermenting a cereal (or mixture of cereals) flavored with hops
    fermented beverage resembling beer but made from rye or barley
    made of fermented honey and water
    a season's yield of wine from a vineyard
    red wine
    wine having a red color derived from skins of dark-colored grapes
    white wine
    pale yellowish wine made from white grapes or red grapes with skins removed before fermentation
    blush wine, pink wine, rose, rose wine
    pinkish table wine from red grapes whose skins were removed after fermentation began
    altar wine, sacramental wine
    used in a communion service
    sparkling wine
    effervescent wine
    Burgundy, Burgundy wine
    red table wine from the Burgundy region of France (or any similar wine made elsewhere)
    Bordeaux, Bordeaux wine
    any of several red or white wines produced around Bordeaux, France or wines resembling them
    California wine
    any of various wines produced in California
    Cotes de Provence
    a wine from southeastern France on the Mediterranean coast
    dessert wine
    still sweet wine often served with dessert or after a meal
    (trademark) a sweet aromatic French wine (red or white) used chiefly as an aperitif
    jug wine
    inexpensive wine sold in large bottles or jugs
    macon, maconnais
    fine Burgundy wine usually white and dry
    a cheap wine of inferior quality
    Greek wine flavored with resin
    Rhone wine
    any of various wines from the Rhone River valley in France
    table wine
    wine containing not more than 14 percent alcohol usually served with a meal
    Hungarian wine made from Tokay grapes
    any of several white wines flavored with aromatic herbs; used as aperitifs or in mixed drinks
    generic, generic wine
    a wine that is a blend of several varieties of grapes with no one grape predominating; a wine that does not carry the name of any specific grape
    varietal, varietal wine
    a wine made principally from one grape and carrying the name of that grape
    fortified wine
    wine to which alcohol (usually grape brandy) has been added
    aqua vitae, ardent spirits
    strong distilled liquor or brandy
    akvavit, aquavit
    Scandinavian liquor usually flavored with caraway seeds
    arak, arrack
    any of various strong liquors distilled from the fermented sap of toddy palms or from fermented molasses
    alcoholic liquor flavored with bitter herbs and roots
    distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice
    strong liquor flavored with juniper berries
    a Greek liquor flavored with anise
    liquor distilled from fermented molasses
    schnapps, schnaps
    any of various strong liquors especially a Dutch spirit distilled from potatoes
    a colorless Mexican liquor distilled from fermented juices of certain desert plants of the genus Agavaceae (especially the century plant)
    Mexican liquor made from fermented juices of an agave plant
    unaged colorless liquor originating in Russia
    whiskey, whisky
    a liquor made from fermented mash of grain
    any strong spirits (such as strong whisky or rum)
    absinth, absinthe
    strong green liqueur flavored with wormwood and anise
    an Italian almond liqueur
    anisette, anisette de Bordeaux
    liquorice-flavored usually colorless sweet liqueur made from aniseed
    a French liqueur originally made by Benedictine monks
    aromatic green or yellow liqueur flavored with orange peel and hyssop and peppermint oils; made at monastery near Grenoble, France
    coffee liqueur
    coffee-flavored liqueur
    creme de cacao
    sweet liqueur flavored with vanilla and cacao beans
    creme de menthe
    sweet green or white mint-flavored liqueur
    creme de fraise
    strawberry-flavored liqueur
    a sweet Scotch whisky liqueur
    golden Italian liqueur flavored with herbs
    orange liqueur
    liqueur flavored with orange
    liqueur flavored with caraway seed or cumin
    maraschino, maraschino liqueur
    distilled from fermented juice of bitter wild marasca cherries
    similar to absinthe but containing no wormwood
    (registered trademark) a liqueur flavored with anise
    small drink served after dinner (especially several liqueurs poured carefully so as to remain in separate layers)
    ratafee, ratafia
    sweet liqueur made from wine and brandy flavored with plum or peach or apricot kernels and bitter almonds
    an Italian liqueur made with elderberries and flavored with licorice
    a short mixed drink
    Dom Pedro
    South African mixed drink made by mixing ice cream with whisky
    a mixed drink made of alcoholic liquor mixed with water or a carbonated beverage and served in a tall glass
    a mixed drink made of wine mixed with a sparkling water
    hot or cold alcoholic mixed drink containing a beaten egg
    any of various tall frothy mixed drinks made usually of rum and lime juice and sugar shaken with ice
    hot toddy, toddy
    a mixed drink made of liquor and water with sugar and spices and served hot
    a liquor concocted from a mixture of ingredients (such as prunes and raisins and milk and sugar) that can be fermented to produce alcohol; made by prison inmates
    a small amount of liquor added to a food or beverage
    mulled wine
    wine heated with sugar and spices and often citrus fruit
    buck's fizz, mimosa
    a mixed drink containing champagne and orange juice
    pina colada
    a mixed drink made of pineapple juice and coconut cream and rum
    an iced mixed drink usually containing alcohol and prepared for multiple servings; normally served in a punch bowl
    a drink resembling beer; made from fermented cassava juice
    spruce beer
    a brew made by fermenting molasses and other sugars with the sap of spruce trees (sometimes with malt)
    a mixed drink made of sweetened lime juice and soda water usually with liquor
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    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
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