whis·​key | \ ˈhwi-skē How to pronounce whiskey (audio) , 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

For example, the Sasquatch calls for honey whiskey. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "Flask Cocktails You Can Drink in the Backcountry," 13 Sep. 2019 Rachel Fontana, Sagamore’s director of communications, said there are no immediate plans to build a bar in the Cromwell Street facility, so visitors will have to wait to have whiskey on the water. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore’s Sagamore Spirit distillery may start selling cocktails — but it could take a while," 13 Sep. 2019 Bush eventually relented, and soon Barak was in the room, smoking a cigar and sipping a whiskey. New York Times, "The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran," 4 Sep. 2019 Christie is in charge of curating those events and the whiskey that goes along with them. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "What to expect when the masterminds behind UnderTow open a train-themed cocktail bar," 21 Aug. 2019 To hear it in its birthplace is equally as rewarding as, say, drinking a celebrated whiskey from its distiller. Robert Reid, National Geographic, "7 great places to see music instruments being made," 15 Aug. 2019 Featuring cigars from 5th Avenue Cigars at a 15% off discount and whiskeys from around the world along with (why not?) a selection of fine tequilas. Anchorage Daily News, "Fun things happening this week: Spenard Roadhouse is going to the dogs," 15 Aug. 2019 The aged whiskey lends a nice roundness, and a frothy egg white (optional, but by all means get it) smooths out the lemony tartness. Dallas News, "HG Sply's buzzy new drink is delicious, and supports local beekeepers," 14 Aug. 2019 Scientists at the University of Glasgow in Scotland have developed an artificial tongue capable of distinguishing between different brands of whisky, a potentially useful tool to combat counterfeit whiskeys on the international market. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Is that rare whisky bottle the real deal? This artificial tongue can make the call," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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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-​ How to pronounce whisky (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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