noun \ˈhwis-kē, ˈwis-\

: a strong alcoholic drink made from a grain (such as rye, corn, or barley)

plural whiskeys or whiskies

Full Definition of WHISKEY

:  a liquor distilled from fermented wort (as that obtained from rye, corn, or barley mash)
:  a drink of whiskey

Variants of WHISKEY

whis·key or whis·ky \ˈhwis-kē, ˈwis-\

Origin of WHISKEY

Irish uisce beatha & Scottish Gaelic uisge beatha, literally, water of life
First Known Use: 1715

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail

Rhymes with WHISKEY


Definition of WHISKEY

—a communications code word for the letter w

First Known Use of WHISKEY



noun    (Medical Dictionary)
plural whiskeys or whiskies

Medical Definition of WHISKEY

: a liquor that is distilled from the fermented mash of grain (as rye, corn, or barley) and was formerly used medicinally as a sedative and vasodilator

Variants of WHISKEY

whis·key or whis·ky \ˈhwis-kē, ˈwis-\


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several distilled liquors made from a fermented mash of cereal grains. Whiskeys are distinctive because of differences in raw materials and production methods. All are aged in wooden containers. The earliest direct account of whiskey making is found in Scottish records from 1494. Scotch whisky (this spelling is also used by Canadians) is usually somewhat light in body, with a distinctive smoky malt flavour; it is made primarily from malted barley that has been heated over a peat fire, fermented, distilled, and blended with similar whiskies made by different distillers. Irish whiskeys, lighter-bodied and lacking any smoky flavor, are not malt-fired and may be mixed with neutral grain spirits. Canadian whisky, light in colour and flavour, is a blend of highly flavoured and neutral grain whiskies. In the U.S., the largest producer and consumer of whiskey, both straight (at least 51% single-mash) and blended whiskeys are produced, derived from both sour and sweet mashes. (Sour mashes are fermented with both fresh and previously fermented yeast; sweet mashes employ only fresh yeast.) Bourbon, first produced in Bourbon Co., Ky., is a full-bodied unblended whiskey derived from a sour mash of corn grain. Whiskeys are consumed both unmixed and in cocktails, punches, and other beverages.

Variants of WHISKEY

whiskey or whisky


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