Beverage vs Liquor - What's the difference?

beverage | liquor |


As nouns the difference between beverage and liquor

is that beverage is a liquid to consume, usually excluding water; a drink this may include tea, coffee, liquor, beer, milk, juice, or soft drinks while liquor is (obsolete) a liquid.

As a verb liquor is

to drink liquor, usually to excess.

beverage

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A liquid to consume, usually excluding water; a drink. This may include tea, coffee, liquor, beer, milk, juice, or soft drinks.
  • * Thomson
  • He knew no beverage but the flowing stream.
  • (slang, archaic) A treat, or drink money.
  • Usage notes

    More elevated than plainer (m). Beverage is of French origin, while is of Old English origin, and this stylistic difference by origin is common; see (list of English words with dual French and Anglo-Saxon variations).

    Synonyms

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    Hyponyms

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    liquor

    English

    Alternative forms

    * liquour (obsolete)

    Noun

  • (obsolete) A liquid.
  • (obsolete) A drinkable liquid.
  • A liquid obtained by cooking meat or vegetables (or both).
  • (chiefly, US) Strong alcoholic drink derived from fermentation and distillation.
  • In process industry, a liquid in which a desired reaction takes place, e.g. pulping liquor is a mixture of chemicals and water which breaks wood into its components, thus facilitating the extraction of cellulose.
  • Synonyms

    * (strong alcoholic drink) spirits (British and Australasian English) * (liquid obtained by cooking food) stock, pot liquor (American English), broth, bouillon

    Derived terms

    * hold one's liquor * liquor lounge * liquor store

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To drink liquor, usually to excess.
  • To cause someone to drink liquor, usually to excess.
  • (obsolete) To grease.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Liquor fishermen's boots.
    (Francis Bacon)
    (Webster 1913)

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