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Dictionary Definition

spirits n : distilled rather than fermented [syn: liquor, booze, hard drink, hard liquor, John Barleycorn, strong drink]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. third-person singular of spirit


  1. A generic term for strong alcoholic drink derived from fermentation and distillation.
  2. Plural of spirit


  • (generic term for distilled alcoholic beverages): liquor (American English)


strong alcoholic drink derived from fermentation and distillation

Extensive Definition

The term spirit has several meanings in different fields.

Religion and spirituality

  • A ghost
  • In religion and spirituality, the innate essence (soul) of a being
  • The Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost, in Christianity, one of the three hypostases (persons) of the Triune God
  • A spiritual being, or non-corporeal entity found in animism, similar to a deity
  • In Islam and the Arab world, a jinn or genie

Aerospace and astronomy

  • The B-2 Spirit, a US Air Force stealth bomber
  • Spirit Airlines, a Miami, Florida-based low-fare airline company
  • Spirit AeroSystems, an aerostructures manufacturer formed from Boeing's former Wichita, Kansas, division
  • The Spirit of St. Louis, the first airplane flown non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean by Charles Lindbergh
  • The Spirit rover (MER-A), one of two rovers in NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Mission
  • 37452 Spirit, an asteroid named after the Mars rover



Fictional works

Politics, history, culture and technology


Outside these fields, the term spirit may mean:
  • Alcohol, or a strongly alcoholic beverage based on distilled alcohol (not wine or beer)
  • In medicine, it formerly meant an alcoholic solution of a volatile drug; see tincture
  • AMC Spirit, a subcompact automobile built from 1979 to 1983
  • Dodge Spirit, a mid-size car built from 1989 to 1995
  • Enthusiasm — "We have spirit, yes we do, we have spirit, how 'bout you?"
  • Intent
  • Purpose
  • Esprit de corps — the commonality of purpose, devotion, and honor among members of a group
  • Spirit Telecine — an apparatus for film digitalization
  • Zeitgeist — spirit of the time
  • A classical element representing the fifth element (the other four being earth, air, fire, and water)
spirits in Asturian: Espíritu
spirits in Bulgarian: Дух
spirits in Catalan: Esperit (desambiguació)
spirits in German: Spirit
spirits in Estonian: Vaim
spirits in Spanish: Espíritu
spirits in Esperanto: Penso
spirits in French: Spirit
spirits in Korean: 스피릿
spirits in Italian: Coscienza
spirits in Hungarian: Szellem
spirits in Japanese: スピリット
spirits in Norwegian: Spirit
spirits in Polish: Spirit (ujednoznacznienie)
spirits in Portuguese: Penso
spirits in Russian: Дух
spirits in Simple English: Spirit
spirits in Serbo-Croatian: Duh
spirits in Finnish: Spirit
spirits in Swedish: Spirit
spirits in Ukrainian: Spirit

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Angostura bitters, Canadian, Canadian whiskey, Cognac, Grand Champagne, Irish, Irish whiskey, John Barleycorn, Kirsch, Scotch, Scotch whiskey, absinthe, alcohol, alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, animal spirits, animation, aqua vitae, ardent spirits, beverage, bitters, blended whiskey, booze, bourbon, brandy, brew, capersomeness, clean rum, coltishness, cue, drink, eau de vie, elan, esprit, exuberance, frame, frame of mind, friskiness, frolicsomeness, gaiety, gamesomeness, gayness, gin, grog, gusto, hard liquor, heart, heartiness, humor, inebriant, intoxicant, intoxicating liquor, life, light whiskey, liquor, little brown jug, liveliness, malt whiskey, marc, mescal, mind, mood, moonshine, morale, note, ouzo, piss and vinegar, playfulness, plum brandy, potable, potation, punch bowl, raki, rollicksomeness, rompishness, rum, rye, rye whiskey, schnapps, skittishness, slivovitz, social lubricant, spirit, spiritedness, sportiveness, sprightliness, state of mind, strong drink, strong waters, temper, tequila, the Demon Rum, the bottle, the cup, the flowing bowl, the luscious liquor, the ruddy cup, tone, toxicant, vein, verve, vigor, vim, vitality, vivacity, vodka, water of life, whiskey, zest, zestfulness, zip
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