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Definition of "alcoholic" []

  • Related to or resulting from alcohol. (adjective)
  • Containing or preserved in alcohol. (adjective)
  • Suffering from alcoholism. (adjective)
  • A person who drinks alcoholic substances habitually and to excess or who suffers from alcoholism. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "alcoholic" in a sentence
  • "When doctors use the term alcoholic liver disease, they are referring to a specific disease process that is made up of four distinct, advancing stages of liver damage, beginning with something called fatty liver and, if unchecked, progressing to inflammation of the liver, or alcoholic hepatitis."
  • "We stated at the beginning of our Memoir of 1860 that: "We apply the term alcoholic to that fermentation which sugar undergoes under the influence of the ferment known as BEER YEAST.""
  • "We stated at the beginning of our Memoir of 1860 that: “We apply the term alcoholic to that fermentation which sugar undergoes under the influence of the ferment known as beer yeast."