Definitions

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

  • n. Vinegar.
  • n. An acetic acid solution of a drug.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Vinegar (which see).
  • n. A pharmaceutical preparation usually made by percolating a drug with dilute acetic acid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dilute solution of acetic acid that is used as a solvent (e.g. for a drug)
  • n. sour-tasting liquid produced usually by oxidation of the alcohol in wine or cider and used as a condiment or food preservative

Etymologies

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

Latin acētum; see ak- in Indo-European roots.

Examples

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  • "The Vindolanda fragments mention a wide variety of foods.... Many were the fancy goods finding their way along a network of new roads linking remote areas for the first time: luxury vintage Massic wine; cooking vinegar called acetum, which was drunk heavily diluted by soldiers on the march; and liquamen, a universal fishy condiment."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 21

    January 6, 2017