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 Spirits categories rise and fall over the years as people’s tastes change–for example, it was recently revealed that in the States tequila is set to outpace sales of American whiskey over the next year. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 25 July 2022 Today, there are more than 200 different expressions of American single malt whiskey from more than 100 distilleries. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 7 July 2022 Maggie and Mike McKinney, their pets and a friend sought refuge in a bathroom of their home in Florida’s Panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018 with three shot glasses and a bottle of Jameson Irish whiskey. Dinah Voyles Pulver, USA TODAY, 9 May 2022 Last year, American whiskey accounted for 61% of all U.S. spirits exports in value terms and 38% in volume. Bruce Schreiner, ajc, 4 Mar. 2022 Their mother died in childbirth, their father slowly pickled himself in whiskey, and tutors came and went. Bethanne Patrick, The Atlantic, 19 Jan. 2022 Any type of wooden barrel can be used but ex-American whiskey and French oak barrels are used the most. Oj Lima, Bon Appétit, 22 July 2022 Besides bottles of vodka, rum and whiskey, customers can buy four-and six-pack bottles and four-pack cans of beer and fill growlers. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 20 July 2022 Goodwin, each had to prepare a course of food for the judges to taste using either whiskey or gin as the hero ingredient. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 6 July 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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7 Aug 2022

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“Whiskey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whiskey. Accessed 16 Aug. 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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