Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An impure dilute solution of acetic acid obtained by fermentation beyond the alcohol stage and used as a condiment and preservative.
  • n. Sourness of speech or mood; ill temper.
  • n. Liveliness and enthusiasm; vim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sour liquid formed by the fermentation of alcohol used as a condiment or preservative; a dilute solution of acetic acid.
  • n. Any variety of vinegar.
  • v. To season with vinegar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sour liquid used as a condiment, or as a preservative, and obtained by the spontaneous (acetous) fermentation, or by the artificial oxidation, of wine, cider, beer, or the like.
  • n. Hence, anything sour; -- used also metaphorically.
  • transitive v. To convert into vinegar; to make like vinegar; to render sour or sharp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Dilute and impure acetic acid, obtained by the acetous fermentation.
  • n. Anything really or metaphorically sour; sourness of temper. Also used attributively to signify sour or crabbed.
  • n. In pharmacy, a solution of a medicinal substance in acetic acid, or vinegar; acetum.
  • To make into vinegar, or make sour like vinegar.
  • To apply vinegar to; pour vinegar over; also, to mix with vinegar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. dilute acetic acid
  • n. sour-tasting liquid produced usually by oxidation of the alcohol in wine or cider and used as a condiment or food preservative

Etymologies

Middle English vinegre, from Old French vinaigre : vin, wine (from Latin vīnum) + aigre, sour (from Vulgar Latin *acrus, from Latin ācer; see ak- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Middle English and Old French; compare French vinaigre. (Wiktionary)

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    May 8, 2008

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    May 8, 2008

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    May 7, 2008

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    October 29, 2007

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    September 16, 2007

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