vod·​ka | \ ˈväd-kə How to pronounce vodka (audio) \

Definition of vodka

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Named for the hotel’s most famous guest, the Churchill blends Absolut vodka and Verdelho 10 Years. National Geographic, "Try the coveted wine that made this Portuguese island famous," 10 Jan. 2020 In 2019, the purveyor of Absolut vodka and Jameson Irish whiskey has bought Jefferson’s Bourbon, Firestone & Robertson Distilling, and a majority share of Rabbit Hole Distillery, all bets on America’s whiskey boom. John Kell, Fortune, "How—and Why—the Owner of Jameson and Absolut Has Been Aggressively Expanding Its Portfolio of U.S. Alcohol Brands," 14 Dec. 2019 Scorsese explained at the event, presented by Belvedere vodka and notable for being a high-profile stop on the awards circuit and one that always precedes the actual SBIFF, scheduled for Jan. 15-25. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Martin Scorsese Urges Commitment to Art Over Algorithms: "It's All an Illusion"," 15 Nov. 2019 The two texted all day, talking about everything from their shared obsession with Tito’s vodka and dental floss picks to the daily struggles and quiet fears they both experience as police officers. Kelli Kennedy, USA TODAY, "Two Florida cops never knew they were half brothers: A DNA test reunited them," 24 Oct. 2019 Stir in vodka and serve over ice with pepperoncini and red chili flakes if desired. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Swamp Thing," 1 Aug. 2019 Add rosé, vodka and sour mix to shaker with ice, shake to combine, then pour in glass over ice. Shauna Stuart |,, "Here’s how to make two rosé cocktails inspired by Seasons 52," 19 July 2019 Among them are the Astronaut (peach vodka and Tang), Sake It To Me (sake, oolong raspberry tea, triple sec, and lemon), a classic gimlet, and a seasonal sangria. Nick Vadala,, "Center City District Sips is back — here are the new participants for 2019," 5 June 2019 But though there is a growing market for bourbon and whiskey, vodka is still the most-popular liquor in Ohio. Lucas Sullivan,, "Ohioans’ liquor consumption at an all-time high," 29 Dec. 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

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“Vodka.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vodka

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


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Kids Definition of vodka

: a colorless alcoholic liquor

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