fir·​kin | \ ˈfər-kən How to pronounce firkin (audio) \

Definition of firkin

1 : a small wooden vessel or cask
2 : any of various British units of capacity usually equal to ¹/₄ barrel

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Examples of firkin in a Sentence

the innkeeper opened up a firkin of his special ale for the weary travelers

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Meet the artist and sip on a firkin during the opening reception at 5 p.m. On view through August. Anchorage Daily News, "First Friday art openings: Personal, political, whimsical," 1 Aug. 2019 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 Also look for Riverwest Stein, Eastside Dark, IPA, New Grist Pilsner and a daily firkin from Lakefront. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Terrapin India Pale Ales added to Summerfest's beer lineup," 17 May 2018 For the uninitiated, firkins are traditionally wooden casks that hold some of the most interesting beer going these days, so come thirsty. Nick Vadala,, "Philly Beer Week: 20 sudsy events to keep you drinking," 31 May 2018 Sample unique, locally brewed firkin beers, as well as traditional beers from local brewers. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Valentine’s Day is the focus of February, but there’s plenty else on tap," 26 Jan. 2018 There will be a firkin tapping from Blue Pants Brewery as well as Big Beach Brewery straight out of Gulf Shores. Brian Kelly |,, "12 must-do fall festivals at the beach," 28 Sep. 2017 The festival featured firkin beers, which are brewed in a small cask and are not pasteurized, cold-filtered or carbonated by outside equipment. Alicia Fabbre, Naperville Sun, "First Naperville Firkin Fest draws 500 beer enthusiasts," 10 Sep. 2017 Wednesday: Good City Brewing, 2108 N. Farwell Ave., is the site for this year's MKE Firkin Craft Beer Festival preview party from 7 to 9 p.m. The party includes a firkin, of course. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The debut of Firkin Fridays, Westallion's grand opening and more ways to enjoy beer," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of firkin

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for firkin

Middle English, ultimately from Middle Dutch veerdel fourth, from veer four; akin to Old English fēower — more at four

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