Something that's alcoholic contains alcohol. At a party, the host may offer a pitcher of alcoholic punch and another of non-alcoholic punch.

Use alcoholic to describe something that has alcohol in it, or otherwise has to do with alcohol. Alcoholic cider, for example, is fermented, and drinking too much can be intoxicating. The noun alcoholic means a person who's dependent on alcohol, whose drinking has become compulsive and unhealthy. This meaning developed in the late 1800s, from the earlier term alcoholist. The group Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935 for alcoholics to help themselves and others quit drinking.

Definitions of alcoholic
  1. adjective
    characteristic of or containing alcohol
    alcoholic drinks”
    having a large proportion of strong liquor
    hard, strong
    being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content
    intoxicant, intoxicating
    causing intoxication
    spiritous, spirituous
    containing or of the nature of alcohol
    consisting of or trading in alcoholic liquor
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    characterized by the absence of alcohol
  2. adjective
    addicted to alcohol
    synonyms: alcohol-dependent
    compulsively or physiologically dependent on something habit-forming
  3. noun
    a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually
    synonyms: alky, boozer, dipsomaniac, lush, soaker, souse
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    type of:
    drunk, drunkard, inebriate, rummy, sot, wino
    a chronic drinker
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