Meaning of SPIRITUOUS in English

ˈspirə̇ch(ə)wəs, -chəs, ÷ -rəd.əs, ÷ -rətəs sometimes -rēch- adjective

Etymology: probably modification (influenced by English spirit (I) and -ous ) of Spanish espirituoso, from espíritu spirit (from Latin spiritus ) + -oso -ose (from Latin -osus ) — more at spirit

1. archaic : spirited in character or behavior : animated

her once gay and spirituous behavior — Eliza Haywood

2. archaic : spiritual

3. : containing or of the nature of spirit : impregnated with alcohol obtained by distillation : alcoholic , ardent

spirituous liquors

spirituous beverages

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.