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spirits of wine

noun
  1. alcohol(def 1).
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Origin of spirits of wine

First recorded in 1745–55
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Examples from the Web for spirits of wine

Historical Examples

  • Spirits-of-wine is among the few things that can always be got of satisfactory quality and at moderate cost in every foreign port.

    Yachting Vol. 1

    Various.

  • While the actors and fiddlers were going on, most of the spirits-of-wine lamps on altars went out.

    The Second Funeral of Napoleon

    William Makepeace Thackeray (AKA "Michael Angelo Titmarch")


British Dictionary definitions for spirits of wine

spirits of wine

noun
  1. (functioning as singular or plural) another name for alcohol (def. 1)
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