whis·​key | \ ˈ(h)wi-skē How to pronounce whiskey (audio) \
variants: or whisky
plural whiskeys or whiskies

Definition of whiskey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


communications code word

Definition of Whiskey (Entry 2 of 2)

used as a code word for the letter w

Examples of whiskey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While the cristalino is a bit on the sweet side and meant for mixing, the añejo is a complex sipper that should appeal to whiskey and Cognac drinkers. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 19 Sep. 2022 After launching Whiskey Raiders, a digital outlet devoted to the review and discussion of whiskey and bourbon, in late 2020, the entrepreneur’s Abrams Media wants to do the same for tequila, rum and gin. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 12 Sep. 2022 The bar program, Sheridan said, is focused on bourbon, whiskey and scotch. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Sep. 2022 The representatives then tried to sell more whiskey and wine, promising even higher returns. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 15 June 2022 The whiskey is finished with chunks of maple wood and bottled at 90 proof. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 8 Sep. 2022 Weddings have been fun, Erisman said, but the space should help connect visitors to the whiskey. Maggie Menderski, courier-journal.com, 6 Sep. 2022 The pair sell the whiskey at three locations: Sportsman’s Wine & Liquors, Irving Wine and Spirits, and Cleveland Park Fine Wines & Spirits. Omari Daniels, Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2022 Adds port wine casks to the whiskey and sherry, more complex, adds caramel and a spicy note to the tropical fruit, nut and vanilla. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of whiskey


1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Communications code word

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whiskey


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

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The first known use of whiskey was in 1715

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24 Sep 2022

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“Whiskey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whiskey. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for whiskey


variants: or whisky \ ˈhwi-​skē , ˈwi-​ \
plural whiskeys or whiskies

Kids Definition of whiskey

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


variants: or whisky \ ˈhwis-​kē, ˈwis-​ How to pronounce whiskey (audio) \
plural whiskeys or whiskies

Medical Definition of whiskey

: 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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