bar·​rique bä-ˈrēk How to pronounce barrique (audio)
plural barriques
: an oak barrel used for storing wine
The insides of these barriques are typically "toasted," literally burnt, to varying degrees, adding a complexity and color to the wine that traditionalists dub nonindigenous and blasphemous.Matthew Gavin Frank, Barolo, 2010

Word History


borrowed from French, "barrel," going back to Middle French

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barrique was in 1789

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“Barrique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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