\ 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.

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The cask hung unsecured for nearly an hour until work crews lowered it safely. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Edison begins powering down warning sirens surrounding San Onofre plant," 2 July 2019 Silver Branch Brewing: The Silver Spring brewery and pub offers happy hour pricing — $5 cask ale, $7 gin and tonics or house wines — during the tournament’s opening match and all U.S. games. Washington Post, "Where to watch the Women’s World Cup," 5 June 2019 On Wednesday, lines formed for DDH Simcoe IPA, a double dry-hopping India Pale Ale fresh from a wooden cask. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lakefront Brewery taps a specialty beer every day at Summerfest. Here's what's coming.," 18 Dec. 2018 The artist will be there to tap a firkin of Sloth Imperial Belgian Stout cask-conditioned with tart cherries soaked in cabernet to kick things off. Anchorage Daily News, "Here is what you can expect for First Friday this week," 6 June 2019 Claudio Alongi, Nino Negri’s other winemaker, descends into the dim cellars that reach four stories underground to taste tank samples and vintages at various stages of fermentation and aging, walking past century-old casks black with age. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Hidden Valley in the Italian Alps Where Winemakers Are Working Against Nature," 15 Feb. 2019 Scotch whisky, for example, must sit in oak casks for at least three years. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Here Comes the World’s First AI-Generated Whisky," 10 May 2019 In Norway, where the domestic market is robust, aquavits are a premium liquor, traditionally aged in sherry casks and enjoyed after dinner like a Cognac or Scotch. Jason Wilson, New York Times, "Jump-Starting the Aquavit Renaissance," 13 Mar. 2018 The limited-edition tequila is aged in matured American white oak barrels for eight months and then finished for 30 days in casks that were previously used to age Buchanan’s Blended Scotch Whisky. Emily Price, Fortune, "Don Julio Launches Its First New Tequila in 6 Years," 11 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


\ 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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