whiskey

noun whis·key \ ˈhwi-skē , ˈwi- \
variants: or whisky
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of whiskey

plural whiskeys or whiskies
1 : a liquor distilled from fermented wort (such as that obtained from rye, corn, or barley mash)
2 : a drink of whiskey

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Origin and Etymology of whiskey

Irish uisce beatha & Scottish Gaelic uisge beatha, literally, water of life

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Whiskey

communications code word

Definition of Whiskey

used as a code word for the letter w

First Known Use of whiskey

1952


WHISKEY Defined for English Language Learners

whiskey

noun

Definition of whiskey for English Language Learners

  • : a strong alcoholic drink made from a grain (such as rye, corn, or barley)


WHISKEY Defined for Kids

whiskey

noun whis·key
variants: or whisky \ˈhwi-skē, ˈwi-\

Definition of whiskey for Students

plural whiskeys or whiskies
: a strong alcoholic drink usually made from grain (as of rye or barley)

Medical Dictionary

whiskey

noun whis·key
variants: or whisky play \ˈhwis-kē, ˈwis-\

medical Definition of whiskey

plural whiskeys or whiskies
: a liquor that is distilled from the fermented mash of grain (as rye, corn, or barley) and was formerly used medicinally as a sedative and vasodilator


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