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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A congressional act that prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages. The US Congress passed the act in 1919; it took effect with the Eighteenth Amendment in 1920 and was repealed by the passage of the Twenty-first Amendment in 1933.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Andrew John Volstead, (1860–1947), US representative from Minnesota who wrote the act.]

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