po·​teen pə-ˈtēn How to pronounce poteen (audio)
variants or less commonly potheen
: whiskey illicitly distilled in Ireland

Examples of poteen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once widely bootlegged in Ireland’s rural communities, poteen has gone upscale over the last decade and has become a favorite of mixologists. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022

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Word History


Irish poitín, literally, small pot, diminutive of pota pot

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poteen was in 1812

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Cite this Entry

“Poteen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poteen. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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