Meaning of “alcohol” in the English Dictionary

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"alcohol" in British English

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alcoholnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈæl.kə.hɒl/ us /ˈæl.kə.hɑːl/

A2 a clear liquid that can make you drunk, also used as a solvent (= a substance that dissolves another) and in fuel and medicines:

Most wines contain around twelve percent alcohol.
I could smell the alcohol on his breath.
an alcohol-free lager

More examples

  • He's under doctor's orders to cut down on fatty food and to drink no alcohol for at least six months.
  • No thanks, I never touch alcohol.
  • 28 percent of people asked thought that the advertising of tobacco and alcohol should be banned.
  • The situation was made more volatile by the fact that people had been drinking a lot of alcohol.
  • Experts say that women should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week.

(Definition of “alcohol” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"alcohol" in American English

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alcoholnoun [ U ]

us /ˈæl·kəˌhɔl/

a liquid that is produced in making wine, beer, and liquor and that can cause changes in behavior in people who drink it:

Most wines contain about 12% alcohol.

chemistry Alcohol is also any of a group of similar chemical substances used as solvents (= substances that dissolve others) and in fuel and medicines.

(Definition of “alcohol” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)