noun bar·rique \bä-ˈrēk\

Definition of barrique



  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of barrique

borrowed from French, “barrel,” going back to Middle French — more at 2barricade

First Known Use: 1789

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