\ ˈkask \

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.

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For the uninitiated, firkins are traditionally wooden casks that hold some of the most interesting beer going these days, so come thirsty. Nick Vadala,, "Philly Beer Week: 20 sudsy events to keep you drinking," 31 May 2018 Irish whiskey must be distilled in Ireland and aged in wooden casks for at least three years. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Drink Whiskey: A Complete Guide," 1 Oct. 2018 The centerpiece of the Milan store is a 6.5-meter (22-foot) high bronze cask, part of the roasting process. Fox News, "Starbucks debuts in Italy with premium brews, novelty bar," 6 Sep. 2018 Today the state has 37 registered whisky distilleries, although less than half have released bottles to market; most of Tasmania’s liquid gold is still aging in casks. Sarah Theeboom, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Country You Visit for Whisky? Australia," 16 Aug. 2018 The storage facility is highly secured, and the casks are impervious to weather and risk of attack. Wayne Perry,, "Oldest US nuke plant, near Jersey shore, closing Sept. 17," 2 July 2018 More than 100 years ago, British brewers like Horace Brown noticed that dry hopping led to more re-fermentation in casks of ale. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "How to get that great “hoppy” beer taste without the exploding bottles," 5 Oct. 2018 There’s also a wood-oven bakery dubbed The Princi Bakery, a 22-foot bronze cask roasting coffee beans, an affogato station, and an open-air terrace. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Starbucks Has Officially Landed in Italy," 6 Sep. 2018 The color and flavor is acquired from the oak casks during the aging process as well as from additives like treated caramel, which influences color, not taste. Fox News, "Things you didn't know about whiskey," 14 Mar. 2016

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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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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


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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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