[spir-i-choo-uh s]


containing, of the nature of, or pertaining to alcohol; alcoholic.
(of alcoholic beverages) distilled, rather than fermented.

Origin of spirituous

1590–1600; < Latin spīritu-, stem of spīritus spirit + -ous
Related formsspir·it·u·ous·ly, adverbspir·it·u·ous·ness, nounnon·spir·it·u·ous, adjectivenon·spir·it·u·ous·ness, nounun·spir·it·u·ous, adjective
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Related Words for spirituous

alcoholic, intoxicative, strong, distilled, fermented, inebriant, vinous

Examples from the Web for spirituous

Historical Examples of spirituous

  • The original North American knew no fermented or spirituous drink.

    The Indian Today

    Charles A. Eastman

  • He is a genial soul and generally liked in spite of his spirituous aroma.

  • It was filled with a noisy crew, as well as with tobacco-smoke and spirituous fumes.

    Post Haste

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Fermentation has long since been divided into spirituous, acid, and putrid.

    The Art of Making Whiskey

    Anthony Boucherie

  • The air was thick with tobacco smoke and rank with spirituous odours.

British Dictionary definitions for spirituous



characterized by or containing alcohol
(of a drink) being a spirit
Derived Formsspirituosity (ˌspɪrɪtjʊˈɒsɪtɪ) or spirituousness, noun
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