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 Buy a large thermos bottle, and fill it with either Chinese herbal tea or whiskey, as a desk-side companion. Jane Li, Quartz, "Why Chinese youngsters are embracing a philosophy of “slacking-off”," 28 Dec. 2020 Their brother replied with a photograph of some whiskey. Ryan Kost, SFChronicle.com, "‘The first bit of hope’: As Bay Area health workers get vaccinated, family and friends find measure of relief," 24 Dec. 2020 It’s the most gorgeous, bitter, cold-whiskey-dregs-thrown-in-your-face kind of breakup song. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The 63 Best Songs of 2020 That Made Our Lives a Little Easier," 17 Dec. 2020 As a descendent of George Dickel, founder of Tennessee's Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. and its George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, Nashville homeowner, Dave Goetz, knows a few things about whiskey. Dave Goetz, Country Living, "The Best "Nashattan" Aged Manhattan Cocktail," 14 Dec. 2020 Luckily, Kentucky and Ohio had plenty of corn that could be transformed into whiskey. Karen Martin, Arkansas Online, "The illogic of U.S. liquor laws," 13 Dec. 2020 Officers found the man slumped over in the driver’s seat with a half-empty pint of Jack Daniel’s whiskey next to him along with an empty miniature bottle of Fireball Whiskey. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Man accused of threatening Taco Bell employees: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 12 Dec. 2020 Remodeling work revealed bottles of Scottish whiskey in the home’s walls and floorboards, CNN reports. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property newsletter: Celebrity home sellers are racking up the sales," 5 Dec. 2020 The secret to this whiskey hot chocolate: First create a decadent paste of cocoa powder, sugar and a splash of milk, before adding the rest of the milk and cinnamon. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Spiked Hot Chocolate," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Whiskey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whiskey. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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 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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