\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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That’s because extra añejo is tequila’s big stretch into the heady world of high-end brown spirits, an unabashedly flashy space crowded with Cognac in shiny crystal decanters, expensive decades-old Scotch and impossible-to-find single-cask bourbon. Jason Wilson, New York Times, "Picking an Extra Añejo Tequila Takes Extra Care," 30 Apr. 2018 The GlenDronach, which was founded in 1826, exclusively uses sherry casks for its whisky maturation. Jonah Flicker, USA TODAY, "Explore four scenic distilleries in the U.K.," 22 June 2018 Ferment these oral ingredients in the cask of time and the result is the hideous common name, naked broomrape. New York Times, "The Flower That Must Not Be Named," 13 June 2018 Or skip the history lesson and spend the same amount of money to taste straight from a cask at Dublin’s only functioning maturation warehouse. Tara Nurin,, "In Dublin, a story of whiskey is more than just one night at the pub," 8 June 2018 Plus, there’s a large bathtub converted from a wine cask and set in the open air among the vines. Robert Joseph, A-LIST, "Hired It Through The Grapevine," 2 July 2018 True balsamic vinegar is made from reduced grape must that’s aged for years (if not decades) in wooden casks. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Dishonest menus: Diners, beware of 7 restaurant lies you may be swallowing right now," 13 June 2018 Julio Master Distiller Enrique de Colsa spent three years experimenting with different casks to perfect the flavor of this particular release. Emily Price, Fortune, "Don Julio Launches Its First New Tequila in 6 Years," 11 July 2018 The storage facility is highly secured and the casks are impervious to weather and risk of attack. Wayne Parry, The Seattle Times, "Oldest US nuke plant, near Jersey shore, closing Sept. 17," 2 July 2018

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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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