What does vinegar mean?

Definitions for vinegar
ˈvɪn ɪ gərvine·gar

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vinegar.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vinegar, acetumnoun

    sour-tasting liquid produced usually by oxidation of the alcohol in wine or cider and used as a condiment or food preservative

  2. vinegarnoun

    dilute acetic acid


  1. vinegarnoun

    A sour liquid formed by the fermentation of alcohol used as a condiment or preservative; a dilute solution of acetic acid.

    Etymology: Via and ; compare French vinaigre

  2. vinegarnoun

    Any variety of vinegar.

    a range of herb-flavoured vinegars

    Etymology: Via and ; compare French vinaigre

  3. vinegarverb

    To season with vinegar.

    Etymology: Via and ; compare French vinaigre

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vinegaradjective

    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

    Etymology: [OE. vinegre, F. vinaigre; vin wine (L. vinum) + aigre sour. See Wine, and Eager, a.]

  2. Vinegaradjective

    hence, anything sour; -- used also metaphorically

    Etymology: [OE. vinegre, F. vinaigre; vin wine (L. vinum) + aigre sour. See Wine, and Eager, a.]

  3. Vinegarverb

    to convert into vinegar; to make like vinegar; to render sour or sharp

    Etymology: [OE. vinegre, F. vinaigre; vin wine (L. vinum) + aigre sour. See Wine, and Eager, a.]


  1. Vinegar

    Vinegar is a liquid consisting mainly of acetic acid and water. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. Vinegar is now mainly used as a cooking ingredient, but historically, as the most easily available mild acid, it had a great variety of industrial, medical, and domestic uses, some of which are still promoted today. Commercial vinegar is produced either by fast or slow fermentation processes. In general, slow methods are used with traditional vinegars, and fermentation proceeds slowly over the course of weeks or months. The longer fermentation period allows for the accumulation of a nontoxic slime composed of acetic acid bacteria. Fast methods add mother of vinegar to the source liquid before adding air using a venturi pump system or a turbine to promote oxygenation to obtain the fastest fermentation. In fast production processes, vinegar may be produced in a period ranging from 20 hours to three days.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vinegar

    vin′e-gar, n. the form of acetic acid generally preferred for culinary purposes—made by the fermentation of vegetable substances, from malt, or from inferior wines: sourness of temper.—v.t. to apply vinegar to.—adj. Vin′aigrous, sour like vinegar, ill-tempered.—ns. Vin′egar-cru′et, a glass bottle for holding vinegar; Vinegarette′, a vinaigrette; Vin′egar-plant, the microscopic fungus which produces acetous fermentation—found in two forms known as mother of vinegar and flowers of vinegar.—adjs. Vin′egary, Vin′egarish, sour. [Fr. vinaigrevin (L. vinum, wine), aigre—L. acer, sour.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. vinegar

    In transportation by water vinegar is essential to the comfort of horses, and should be freely used by sponging their mouths and noses repeatedly, and also their mangers. A small portion of vinegar drank with water supplies the waste of perspiration of men in the field. It is better than rum or whisky; it allays thirst, and men who use it avoid the danger of drinking cold water when heated, and are not fevered as they are too apt to be by the use of spirituous liquors.

Editors Contribution

  1. vinegar

    A type of food and product.

    We buy a specific type of vinegar for our fish and chips and another to use to make our own salad dressings.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2015  

Suggested Resources

  1. vinegar

    The vinegar symbol -- In this Symbols.com article you will learn about the meaning of the vinegar symbol and its characteristic.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Vinegar

    From the French vinaigre, “sour wine.”

Matched Categories

Anagrams for vinegar »

  1. avering, Ginevra, reaving

  2. Avering

  3. Ginevra

How to pronounce vinegar?

How to say vinegar in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vinegar in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vinegar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of vinegar in a Sentence

  1. Dr. James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey:

    "You can play a tune of sorts on the white keys, and you can play a tune of sorts on the black keys, but for harmony, you must use both the black and the white." "Only the best is good enough for Africa." "When men are intellectually greater than others, we learn from their utterances; when they are morally better than others, we learn from their lives." "If I find a man scowling at me, I just smile back. He scowls again and I smile. I don't often find any scowl a third time." "I want to sing a song of hope to the despairing; to breathe the breath of love that will chase away all hating. I believe, that the right will ultimately conquer the wrong, virtue, harmony, take the place of discords." "I believe, the Lord must have had something else in store for me. Hence I have been doing my best, patiently waiting until He gets ready for me to go elsewhere: where He leads I'll follow." "The surest way to keep a people down is to educate the men and neglect the women. If you educate a man you simply educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family." "I am going to help lift my people not only religiously and educationally, but also economically, in trade, agriculture and commerce." "Remember, my brothers, to love and to work." "Be patient, don't lose heart, don't hate anybody, make yourselves worthy of good things and good things will come to you." "My people of Africa, we were created in the image of God, but men have made us think that we are chickens, and we still think we are; but we are eagles. Stretch forth your wings and fly! Don't be content with the food of chickens." "If anyone tells you that Africans cannot learn, do not believe him. Tell him that your brother Aggrey learnt something. Look at my hair and prove that I am one of you. Again, I say, love and work." "You can never beat prejudice by frontal attack. Always flank it. You can catch more flies with molasses than you can with vinegar." "I want all my people, my country women and men, to be educated in the larger sense in heart, hand and head and thus render Africa indispensible in intellectual, spiritual and commercial products of the world. https://sites.google.com/site/oaa1973akoras/home/founders/dr-aggrey-s-words

  2. Aaron David Miller:

    This might be the case where Trump applies a little honey now to show the Israelis he’s the most pro-Israel president ever, and then applies a little vinegar later.

  3. Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

    This race is never grateful: from the first, One fills their cup at supper with pure wine, Which back they give at cross-time on a sponge, In bitter vinegar.

  4. Rodrigo Duterte:

    I can eat you, just give me salt and vinegar. True. Make me mad. Get me a terrorist.

  5. Gabrielle Douglas:

    I like to stick with lean protein to help with my muscle recovery after hard workouts, so my grandma prepared me a delicious chicken breast and grilled asparagus with balsamic vinegar, it was so good! To treat myself, I dipped a handful of almonds in 2 ounces of melted dark chocolate. It really satisfied my sweet tooth!

Images & Illustrations of vinegar

  1. vinegarvinegarvinegarvinegarvinegar

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for vinegar

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for vinegar »


Find a translation for the vinegar definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these vinegar definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "vinegar." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 24 Oct. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/vinegar>.

    Are we missing a good definition for vinegar? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    weak or sickly person especially one morbidly concerned with his or her health
    • A. ostensive
    • B. valetudinarian
    • C. motile
    • D. commensal

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for vinegar: