[verb in-ee-bree-eyt, ih-nee-; noun, adjective in-ee-bree-it, ih-nee-]

verb (used with object), in·e·bri·at·ed, in·e·bri·at·ing.

to make drunk; intoxicate.
to exhilarate, confuse, or stupefy mentally or emotionally.


an intoxicated person.
a habitual drunkard.


Also in·e·bri·at·ed. drunk; intoxicated.

Origin of inebriate

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin inēbriātus past participle of inēbriāre to make drunk, equivalent to in- in-2 + ēbri(us) drunk + -ātus -ate1
Related formsin·e·bri·a·tion, nounun·in·e·bri·at·ed, adjectiveun·in·e·bri·at·ing, adjective

Synonym study

4. See drunkard. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inebriated

Contemporary Examples of inebriated

Historical Examples of inebriated

  • There is another specimen—a street row of inebriated bottles.

    George Cruikshank

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • They may be inebriated, or enough so to put them off their guard.

  • With the assistance of a couple of men, the inebriated engineer was raised to his feet.

    Captain Calamity

    Rolf Bennett

  • They are getting merry, not to say jolly, but not at all inebriated.

    Recollections of a Policeman

    William Russell (aka Thomas Waters)

  • The reader is not to understand that our guests were inebriated.

    Tales of My Time, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    William Pitt Scargill

British Dictionary definitions for inebriated


verb (ɪnˈiːbrɪˌeɪt) (tr)

to make drunk; intoxicate
to arouse emotionally; make excited

noun (ɪnˈiːbrɪɪt)

a person who is drunk, esp habitually

adjective (ɪnˈiːbrɪɪt) inebriated

drunk, esp habitually
Derived Formsinebriation, nouninebriety (ˌɪnɪˈbraɪɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for inebriate

C15: from Latin inēbriāre, from in- ² + ēbriāre to intoxicate, from ēbrius drunk
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Word Origin and History for inebriated

"drunken," c.1600, past participle adjective from inebriate.



late 15c., from Latin inebriatus, past participle of inebriare "to make drunk," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + ebriare "make drunk," from ebrius "drunk," of unknown origin. Related: Inebriated; inebriating. Also inebriacy; inebriant (n. and adj.); inebriety; and inebrious.

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