\ ˈkask How to pronounce cask (audio) \

Definition of cask

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

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Examples of cask in a Sentence

an oak cask for wine They drank a cask of wine.
Recent Examples on the Web American Blonde Ale cask-conditioned and aged on raspberries and French dark chocolate. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Winter Warmer Cask Day coming up; brewers announce their flavors," 19 Feb. 2021 But the tradition dates to the late 19th century, when the wines would finish fermenting in cask during their journey to Lyon or Paris. Washington Post, "We deserve ‘nouveau’ wine in 2020 — a vintage meant to be fun and drunk right away," 20 Nov. 2020 Oak, vanilla, and honey from the bourbon cask combine with Highland peat smoke for notes of pepper and leather, too. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Scotch Supertaster," 7 Nov. 2020 While most premium Irish whiskies are bottled after at least seven years in cask, the first Waterford releases have spent only three years in wood. Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times, "Irish whiskey makers take their shot at a bold makeover," 5 Nov. 2020 The fass kegs, oxygen vented like a cask beer, will be available for the hot poker experience in which fire pokers are heated up by flame and dunked into pints. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Does beer taste better when you dip a hot poker inside it? Indeed Brewing will let you test that.," 2 Oct. 2020 That includes time spent aging in a wood cask, which gives the spirit its telltale golden color, not to mention its smoky bouquet. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "It’s now possible to detect counterfeit whisky without opening the bottle," 17 Sep. 2020 This whiskey is no joke, however, with a cask exchange at the center of the experiment. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "This Father’s Day, Toast Dad with Wine, Whiskey, Tequila, and More," 18 June 2020 Clendaniel will be tapping a firkin of 2014 Sloth imperial Belgian-style stout cask-conditioned with blackberries to start the show. Anchorage Daily News, "First Friday is back in Anchorage, with events both in person and online," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of cask

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cask

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

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“Cask.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cask

: a container that is shaped like a barrel and is used for holding liquids also : the contents of a cask


\ ˈkask How to pronounce cask (audio) \

Kids Definition of cask

1 : a container that is shaped like a barrel and is usually used for liquids
2 : the amount contained in a cask

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