Definition of bourbon
1 capitalized : a member of a French family founded in 1272 to which belong the rulers of France from 1589 to 1793 and from 1814 to 1830, of Spain from 1700 to 1808, from 1814 to 1868, from 1875 to 1931, and from 1975, of Naples from 1735 to 1805, and of the Two Sicilies from 1815 to 1860
2 [Bourbon (now Réunion), French island in the Indian Ocean] : a rose (Rosa borboniana) of upright growth with shining leaves, prickly branches, and clustered large flowers
3 [Bourbon County, Kentucky] : a whiskey distilled from a mash made up of not less than 51 percent corn plus malt and rye — compare corn whiskey
4 often capitalized : a person who clings obstinately to old social and political ideas; specifically : an extremely conservative member of the U.S. Democratic party usually from the South
bourbonismplay \-bə-ˌni-zəm\ noun, often capitalized
Examples of bourbon in a Sentence
I prefer bourbon to Scotch.
Recent Examples of bourbon from the Web
The brand also ages the tequila in wine barrels (most tequilas use bourbon casks) to end up with flavor notes that differ from the rest of the category.
There are a half-dozen beer taps, plus craft beer in bottles, and there will be Cincinnati boilermakers – a shot of bourbon and a 7-ounce Little Kings Cream Ale.
Martin, a burly 57-year-old, transports visual aids in a Wild Turkey bourbon box, eliciting jokes from fellow police.
Sunset Meadow has also begun barrel-aging its estate St. Croix, finishing it on 10-year-old bourbon barrels from nearby Litchfield Distillery.
Rucker’s bourbon brand, Forbidden, is in the works next.
Bourbon said fliers have been put up around town offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who may have information.
Dinner includes similar variations with the addition of entrees such as prime rib and signature bourbon buffalo meatloaf.
This is where owner Tony Formby and his distilling team create small batch spirits including bourbon whiskey, vodka, rum and gin.
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Origin and Etymology of bourbon
Bourbon, seigniory in France
First Known Use: 1596See Words from the same year
Definition of Bourbon
Charles de 1490–1527 Duc de Bourbon French general; constable of France
BOURBON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bourbon for English Language Learners
: a type of American whiskey made from corn, malt, and rye
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