: a barrel-shaped vessel of staves, headings, and hoops usually for liquids
: a cask and its contents
also : the quantity contained in a cask

Examples of cask in a Sentence

an oak cask for wine They drank a cask of wine.
Recent Examples on the Web These casks were placed in the Château de Chanteloup for a final resting period, and presumably the temperature and humidity of that specific location had some impact on the interaction between spirit and wood. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 23 Feb. 2024 Its maturation protocols utilized different cask types, resulting in whiskies with complex flavors and aromas. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 This event marks the debut of Beautiful Island, a cider with pink guava and sour plums made in collaboration with High Side, which will be served on draft and in a cask. Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Quaker Oats recall list:See the dozens of products being recalled for salmonella concerns 'Luxury' Irish whiskey: More about the most expensive whiskey ever sold The Emerald Isle Irish whiskey, which has been aged three decades in a variety of casks, has unique packaging, too. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2024 Great Jones’ Straight Bourbon was aged in New American oak casks, culminating in a one-year finishing period within Wölffer Estate's Caya Cabernet Franc barrels, which were chosen for the sweetness of dark cherry and fig notes inherent in the wine. Ronnie Koenig, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Just a portion of the whisky in the blend is finished in these special casks, not the entirety of the liquid. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 12 Feb. 2024 Ross gestured to the open windows high up in the warehouse wall and explained that the wind sprays in seawater, which settles like fairy dust on the casks. Aaron Hicklin, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2024 Cask Rested spent a minimum of six months in 16 different American and European oak casks, softening the botanical profile and darkening the color, but leaving it still very recognizable as gin. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English caske, perhaps from Middle French casque helmet, from Spanish casco potsherd, skull, helmet

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Cask.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a barrel-shaped container usually for liquids
: the quantity contained in a cask

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