or abv

  1. alcohol by volume: the amount of alcohol in a drink, expressed as a percentage of the total volume: A 12-ounce can of beer with 5% ABV contains 0.6 ounces pure alcohol.

Origin of ABV

First recorded in 1985–90

Words Nearby ABV

Other definitions for abv. (2 of 2)


  1. above.

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British Dictionary definitions for ABV


abbreviation for
  1. alcohol by volume: the number of ml of ethyl alcohol present in each 100 ml of an alcoholic beverage when measured at 20°C; displayed on the packaging of alcoholic drinks in EU countries and used to calculate the amount of tax payable

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