adjective Etymology: probably from French spiritueux, from Latin spiritus spirit Date: 1662 containing or impregnated with alcohol obtained by distillation <
spirituous liquors

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  • Spirituous — Spir it*u*ous, a. [Cf. (for sense 2) F. spiritueux. Cf. {Spiritous}.] 1. Having the quality of spirit; tenuous in substance, and having active powers or properties; ethereal; immaterial; spiritual; pure. [1913 Webster] 2. Containing, or of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spirituous — [spir′i cho͞o əs] adj. [< L spiritus,SPIRIT + OUS] of, like, or containing alcohol: said esp. of distilled as opposed to fermented beverages spirituosity [spir′iäs′ə tē] n …   English World dictionary

  • spirituous — spiritual, spirituous The two words now have distinct meanings, spiritual being the general word relating to the spirit or soul, and spirituous referring to distilled alcoholic drinks. In older writing up to the end of the 19c spirituous is… …   Modern English usage

  • spirituous — Wine Wine, n. [OE. win, AS. win, fr. L. vinum (cf. Icel. v[=i]n; all from the Latin); akin to Gr. o i^nos, ?, and E. withy. Cf. {Vine}, {Vineyard}, {Vinous}, {Withy}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The expressed juice of grapes, esp. when fermented; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spirituous — See spiritual, spirituous …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • spirituous — adj. 1 containing much alcohol. 2 distilled, as whisky, rum, etc. (spirituous liquor). Derivatives: spirituousness n. Etymology: L spiritus spirit, or F spiritueux …   Useful english dictionary

  • spirituous — spirituously, adv. spirituousness, n. /spir i chooh euhs/, adj. 1. containing, of the nature of, or pertaining to alcohol; alcoholic. 2. (of alcoholic beverages) distilled, rather than fermented. [1590 1600; < L spiritu , s. of spiritus SPIRIT +… …   Universalium

  • spirituous — adjective a) Of, pertaining to, containing, or made using alcohol b) distilled Syn: spiritous …   Wiktionary

  • spirituous — Containing alcohol in large amount, denoting liquors. * * * spir·i·tu·ous spir ich (ə )wəs, ich əs, spir ət əs adj containing or impregnated with alcohol obtained by distillation …   Medical dictionary

  • spirituous — Synonyms and related words: air built, airy, alcoholic, ardent, chimerical, cloud built, dreamlike, ethereal, fanciful, fatuitous, fatuous, gaseous, gossamery, hard, illusory, imaginary, phantomlike, rarefied, shadowy, strong, subtile, subtle,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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