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noun bour·bon \ˈbr-bən, ˈbr-; usually ˈbər- in sense 3\

: a type of American whiskey made from corn, malt, and rye

Full Definition of BOURBON

capitalized :  a member of a French family founded in 1272 to which belong the rulers of France from 1589 to 1793 and from 1814 to 1830, of Spain from 1700 to 1808, from 1814 to 1868, from 1875 to 1931, and from 1975, of Naples from 1735 to 1805, and of the Two Sicilies from 1815 to 1860
[Bourbon (now Réunion), French island in the Indian Ocean] :  a rose (Rosa borboniana) of upright growth with shining leaves, prickly branches, and clustered large flowers
[Bourbon County, Kentucky] :  a whiskey distilled from a mash made up of not less than 51 percent corn plus malt and rye — compare corn whiskey
often capitalized :  a person who clings obstinately to old social and political ideas; specifically :  an extremely conservative member of the United States Democratic party usually from the South
bour·bon·ism \-bə-ˌni-zəm\ noun often capitalized

Examples of BOURBON

  1. I prefer bourbon to Scotch.

Origin of BOURBON

Bourbon, seigniory in France
First Known Use: 1596

Rhymes with BOURBON


biographical name Bour·bon \ˈbr-bən, br-ˈbōⁿ\

Definition of BOURBON

Charles de 1490–1527 Duc de Bourbon Fr. gen.; constable of France


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