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

  • adjective Having the nature of or containing alcohol; alcoholic.
  • adjective Distilled. Used of an alcoholic beverage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the quality of spirit; ethereal; immaterial; intangible.
  • Lively; active; gay; cheerful; enlivening.
  • Containing much alcohol; distilled, whether pure or compounded, as distinguished from fermented; ardent: applied to a liquor for drinking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having the quality of spirit; tenuous in substance, and having active powers or properties; ethereal; immaterial; spiritual; pure.
  • adjective Containing, or of the nature of, alcoholic (esp. distilled) spirit; consisting of refined spirit; alcoholic; ardent.
  • adjective obsolete Lively; gay; vivid; airy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, pertaining to, containing, or made using alcohol
  • adjective of an alcoholic drink distilled

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

  • adjective containing or of the nature of alcohol


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  • ...half a dozen 1857s of an unknown shipper (probably starting to fade a bit now in fruit and sweetness, becoming rather dry and spirituous, and the colour pale amber by now...)

    - Peter Reading, Legacies, from Tom O' Bedlam's Beauties, 1981

    June 29, 2008

  • Are you sure that was "1857s" and not "7457s," yarb?

    June 30, 2008

  • Perhaps I'd better check.

    June 30, 2008