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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 After Brexit, a French producer could potentially import casks of spirits from Scotland, bottle it in France and call it single-malt Scotch. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Brexit Is Finally Happening, but the Complicated Part Is Just Beginning," 29 Jan. 2020 James Madison stockpiled casks of Madeira in his attic. National Geographic, "Try the coveted wine that made this Portuguese island famous," 10 Jan. 2020 In this case, 10 wood staves are inserted into a cask-strength barrel of Maker’s Mark, which is then matured for an extra nine weeks. Kevin Gray, Dallas News, "Dallas bars and restaurants are pouring custom, hand-picked spirits. Here’s where to find them.," 15 Jan. 2020 All aged Tequila matures in oak barrels, but that oak can come from anywhere — freshly charred French oak, American bourbon barrels, even decades-old Spanish sherry casks. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: How Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant highlights quality Tequila in its margaritas," 30 Dec. 2019 And some bought the brewery’s especially special offering — $100 bottles of a stout that, by accident, had sat in two wooden casks in the warehouse since 2014, gradually becoming denser, richer and more aromatic. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For many, pricey beer is replacing doorbuster bargains on Black Friday," 29 Nov. 2019 The 56-foot steel cask is Starbucks’ tallest, where coffee beans rest and de-gas after roasting. Louisa Chu,, "Look inside the world’s largest Starbucks, where you can sip coffee cocktails, but can’t charge your phone or order a pumpkin spice latte," 12 Nov. 2019 In addition to its beer selection, Winter Warmer Fest is known for two main draws: Many brewers attend and mingle with festgoers, and a cask area will be set up outside. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Winter Warmer Fest 2020 tickets go on sale next week," 22 Nov. 2019 Ex Novo’s beer lineup is heavy on IPAs, lagers, farmhouses and sours -- both kettle and barrel-aged, with 120 working casks and puncheons. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "Ex Novo took beers, benevolence and created something new: Portland Breweries Series," 7 Nov. 2019

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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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4 Feb 2020

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“Cask.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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