whis·key | \ ˈhwi-skē , ˈwi- \
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

Those exports are linked to more than 850,000 jobs in the state related to farming, steel, baked goods, car manufacturing, whiskey and more. Jonathan Mattise, The Seattle Times, "In Tennessee, Trump’s tariffs become a political issue," 9 July 2018 The European Union is set to slap tariffs on $3.4 billion in American products on Friday, from whiskey and motorcycles to peanuts and cranberries. NBC News, "Trump jabbed first, and now world hits back in trade fight," 22 June 2018 The evening includes a full whiskey bar, dancing and cigar-rolling demonstrations. 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 16. 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Skip the tie: 45 Father's Day dining specials in San Diego County," 9 June 2018 There may be whiskey bars and sandwich shops at Burning Man, but everything is free. Anita Gates, New York Times, "Larry Harvey, the Man Behind Burning Man, Is Dead at 70," 28 Apr. 2018 Save us a spot in the observation lounge—or maybe at that on-board whiskey bar, on the starboard side of deck eight, where the views of craggy shores and cerulean glaciers are sure to be amazing. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Norwegian Bliss Is the World’s Newest Over-the-Top Cruise Ship," 19 Apr. 2018 Cottonmouth is the name of the bar that Mike Raymond, co-owner of Reserve 101 whiskey bar, is opening with partners bartender Michael Neff and designer Greg Swanson. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Cottonmouth bar coming to downtown Houston," 16 Feb. 2018 But whiskey, too, has taken a back seat in cocktails like the manhattan and the Boulevardier. Robert Simonson, New York Times, "Whatever the Cocktail, They’re Ordering It With Mezcal," 5 July 2018 Both have enjoyed a small influx of interesting local businesses — taco shops, tiki bars, even a micro-distillery that creates Florida whiskey (in a barn). A.d. Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tavares/Umatilla Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of whiskey

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


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- \
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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