aqua vitae


aqua vi·​tae ˌa-kwə-ˈvī-tē How to pronounce aqua vitae (audio)
: a strong alcoholic liquor (such as brandy)

Examples of aqua vitae in a Sentence

aqua vitae has been part of human culture since ancient times

Word History


Middle English, from Medieval Latin, literally, water of life

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aqua vitae was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Aqua vitae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

aqua vitae

: a strong alcoholic liquor

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