\ ˈkȯrk How to pronounce cork (audio) \

Definition of cork

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the elastic tough outer tissue of the cork oak that is used especially for stoppers and insulation
2 : a usually cork stopper for a bottle or jug
3 : a fishing float


corked; corking; corks

Definition of cork (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish or fit with cork or a cork
2 : to stop up with a cork cork a bottle
3 : to blacken with burnt cork corked faces


geographical name
\ ˈkȯrk How to pronounce Cork (audio) \

Definition of Cork (Entry 3 of 3)

1 county of southwestern Ireland in Munster bordering on the Celtic Sea area 2880 square miles (7459 square kilometers), population 399,802
2 city and port at head of Cork Harbor, Ireland population 198,582

Note: The city of Cork is the capital of the county of Cork.

Examples of cork in a Sentence

Noun the cork of a wine bottle Verb a corked bottle of wine a player who has been accused of illegally corking his bats
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Push the button again to eject the cork from the device. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Tools to upgrade your home bar," 5 Jan. 2021 Indulging in a bottle of bubbly is a great way to mark any kind of occasion, and there’s no shame in planning to go the traditional New Year’s Eve route and pop the cork on a bottle of sparkling wine at midnight. al, "Ready for the new year? Ring it in with these four sparkling wine ideas," 30 Dec. 2020 The patented technology involves a micro-thin needle that pierces the cork — yet leaves no trace of entry — and a pump that extracts the wine and air, replacing it with a neutral gas which prevents oxidation. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "Dallas wine experts share their 15 top holiday gift ideas," 17 Dec. 2020 The innovative wine opener, which is used by top sommeliers and found in many high-end wine bars and restaurants, extracts wine using a hollow needle so the cork is never removed. Alicia Cypress, USA TODAY, "21 gift ideas for the wine lover in your life," 16 Dec. 2020 And the owner of a bulletin board can't be sued for what somebody else pins to the cork. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: And so it begins," 6 Dec. 2020 However, Law refuses to put a cork in her efforts to get people to take Texas seriously as a wine region. Dalila Thomas, Dallas News, "Marine Corps veteran launches 100% Texas-grown wine brand called Cheramie Wine," 15 Dec. 2020 When using your Coravin — a device that extracts wine from the bottle without removing the cork or oxidizing the wine — WinePrO2 can help preview how the wine might taste in a few months or years. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Holiday gift ideas for wine lovers: Tasting kits, virtual classes, gadgets and wine TV," 4 Dec. 2020 The innovative wine opener, which is used by top sommeliers and found in many high-end wine bars and restaurants, extracts wine using a hollow needle so the cork is never removed. Alicia Cypress, USA TODAY, "21 gift ideas for the wine lover in your life," 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Once upended, the sediment falls into the neck of the bottle, which is then briefly frozen so when the cap is removed the frozen plug of sediment is expelled by the carbonation of the wine; the bottle is then corked. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Quarantine Activity for the Wine Lover," 5 May 2020 Stacked in neat piles beneath the remnants of the 19th-century building’s stairs were several hundred bottles, some still corked and full of sloshing fluid. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists in Leeds Unearth 600 Lead-Spiked, 19th-Century Beer Bottles," 26 Mar. 2020 Maybe players didn’t want to pop amphetamines, cork their bats, scuff up the baseballs or take steroids, but these were trends, producing great results. Bruce Jenkins,, "Astros’ rivals may be complaining, but history should remain unchanged," 17 Jan. 2020 Ruby is gripped with fear every time fireworks go off or when a bottle is corked open, essentially whenever anything sounds like gunshots—making the season’s opening New Year’s Eve party particularly difficult for him. Candice Frederick, Teen Vogue, ""On My Block" Star Jason Genao on the Responsibility of Portraying a Gun Violence Survivor and "Showing a Wider View of America" With Ruby," 3 Apr. 2019 An open bottle of Champagne has the lifespan of a mayfly: Unlike red or white wine, there’s no corking it and saving it for cooking. Alexandra Kleeman, WSJ, "New Year’s Resolution: Pop Champagne Whenever," 28 Dec. 2018 For example, a wine that’s corked is often said to smell like a damp basement or wet dog, while a wine that’s too old is generally described as dusty and dried out, all tannin, no fruit. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Perverse Pleasure of a Truly Bad Bottle of Wine," 27 Sep. 2018 Throughout the night, Champagne corks flew across the room, and a palpable buzz grew in anticipation of a top-secret musical act, which around midnight was revealed to be none other than Travis Scott. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Travis Scott and Lewis Hamilton Blew the Roof Off of Tommy Hilfiger’s NYFW Bash," 11 Sep. 2018 All of Belle's bats (at least on that trip) were corked. Bud Shaw,, "A career writing about Cleveland sports: The blessings far outweighed The Curse -- Bud Shaw," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of cork


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cork


Middle English, cork, bark, probably from Middle Dutch *kurk or Middle Low German korck, from Old Spanish alcorque, ultimately from dialect Arabic qurq, from Latin quercus oak — more at fir

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“Cork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cork

: to close (something, such as a bottle) with a cork
: to put cork inside (something, such as a baseball bat)


\ ˈkȯrk How to pronounce cork (audio) \

Kids Definition of cork

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the light but tough material that is the outer layer of bark of a tree ( cork oak ) and is used especially for stoppers and insulation
2 : a stopper for a bottle or jug


corked; corking

Kids Definition of cork (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stop with a stopper cork a bottle

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