bar·​rique | \ bä-ˈrēk How to pronounce barrique (audio) \
plural barriques

Definition of barrique

: 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

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First Known Use of barrique

1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barrique

borrowed from French, “barrel,” going back to Middle French

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“Barrique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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