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[vod-kuh] /ˈvɒd kə/
an unaged, colorless, distilled spirit, originally made in Russia.
Origin of vodka
1795-1805; < Russian vódka, equivalent to vod(á) water + -ka noun suffix Unabridged
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  • There were also a couple of bottles of vodka, or Russian whiskey, upon which Stevens seized eagerly.

    The North Pacific Willis Boyd Allen
  • Silently, Foma drank a glass of vodka, then another, and a third.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • Men who know Russia tell me that the peasants really were happy, even under the twin despotisms of vodka and Czar.

    The So-called Human Race Bert Leston Taylor
  • He suspected that he was unwilling to treat them to vodka and he was somewhat angry.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • It was hopeless, he added, to think of getting sleighs built while vodka was running like water amongst the people.

British Dictionary definitions for vodka


an alcoholic drink originating in Russia, made from grain, potatoes, etc, usually consisting only of rectified spirit and water
Word Origin
C19: from Russian, diminutive of voda water; related to Sanskrit udan water, Greek hudōr
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Word Origin and History for vodka

1802, from Russian vodka, literally "little water," from voda "water" (from PIE *wedor, *wodor; see water (n.1)) + diminutive suffix -ka.

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