\ ˈkȯrk How to pronounce cork (audio) \

Definition of cork

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


corked; corking; corks

Definition of cork (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If your mother-in-law loves nothing more than a great glass of wine, gift her this aerator set that enhances the wine's flavor, gives it a smoother finish, and filters out sediment and cork. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, 29 Apr. 2022 The bedroom, meanwhile, is clad in a tactile cork wallcovering from Holly Hunt. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 29 Apr. 2022 In fact, a painting that hangs in the room still bears a dent from a Champagne cork that went flying during the celebration. Samantha Lauriello, Travel + Leisure, 23 Apr. 2022 And, at the heart, or in this case, (in)sole, of every Birkenstock is a contoured footbed that's made from raw cork. Alex Warner,, 22 Apr. 2022 Other options include cork produced from the regenerating bark of a cork oak tree and cellulose from recycled newsprint and paper. Miriam Porter, House Beautiful, 22 Apr. 2022 Environmentally sustainable fabrics include textiles such as organic cotton, recycled cotton, organic hemp, organic linen, organic bamboo and cork, Willis said. NBC News, 22 Apr. 2022 Smart TVs framed in Portuguese cork, and handwriting on the bathroom and bedside mirrors meant to encourage selfies and instagramming. Ann Abel, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 The bottle features an understated label and a traditional cork. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 16 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then re-cork or cover the opening of the bottle and give it a little shake. Amelia Goe, The Arizona Republic, 2 July 2021 Fielding, a cloud over his head, is assigned to cork the leak. John Anderson, WSJ, 13 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 27 Sep. 2018 See More

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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 18 May. 2022.

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\ 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

Cork geographical name

\ ˈkȯrk How to pronounce Cork (audio) \

Definition of Cork

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.


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