Adjective "spirituous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Containing much alcohol; distilled.
  1. 'The current occupant of the White House, we all know is a tee-totaler, but previous Presidents have been well-known for their spirituous preferences.'
  2. 'To him spirituous liquor is a superfluous and dangerous luxury.'
  3. 'An overflow crowd, clearly inebriated by spirituous drink, literally gathered around the field and scaled nearby trees to watch the game.'


1. containing, of the nature of, or pertaining to alcohol; alcoholic.

2. (of alcoholic beverages) distilled, rather than fermented.

More examples(as adjective)

"liquors can be spirituous."

"liquids can be spirituous."


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘spirited, lively’): from Latin spiritus ‘spirit’ + -ous, or from French spiritueux.