vod·​ka | \ ˈväd-kə \

Definition of vodka

: a colorless liquor of neutral spirits distilled from a mash (as of rye or wheat)

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Just one other variety of liquor, Tito’s vodka, topped unit sales of greater than 100,000 in Philly last year. Mark Dent,, "Forget craft beer - Philly loves brandy," 28 June 2018 In that room, drinking that vodka, this is not a good moment in her life. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'The Americans' finale: FX drama ended with 'appropriate heartbreaker,' Keri Russell says," 31 May 2018 Where older generations drank vodka and cognac, a new generation is turning to local breweries that make cider and local beers. Sabra Ayres,, "Long before U.S. hipsters discovered it, kombucha was a staple in Russia. It's making a comeback," 15 May 2018 The maintenance man said Kristen Gober had been at his apartment the evening before and the two drank vodka together, according to court records. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Mom charged in Gary fire that killed 2 children," 27 Mar. 2018 During the workday, Crane would sometimes drink vodka mixed with Crystal Light, according to three former employees. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Libertarian Think Tank Let Boss Sexually Harass Workers," 8 Feb. 2018 The brand’s vodka and gin reached store shelves in April. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "Newcomers bring decaying Kentucky distillery back to life," 18 Sep. 2018 Add to watermelon and cucumber juices, along with vodka. Susan Selasky, charlotteobserver, "Celebrate the Fourth with minimal fuss, maximum flavor," 3 July 2018 The girl, Sydni Briggs of Janesville, was 16 when she was held at Copper Lake for breaking into a liquor store and stealing several bottles of vodka and gin. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin will pay nearly $19 million to former teen inmate injured in suicide attempt," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of vodka

circa 1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vodka

Russian, from voda water; akin to Old English wæter water

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The first known use of vodka was circa 1803

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English Language Learners Definition of vodka

: a strong, clear alcoholic drink that is originally from Russia


vod·​ka | \ ˈväd-kə \

Kids Definition of vodka

: a colorless alcoholic liquor

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