whiskey

[hwis-kee, wis-]
noun, plural whiskeys.
1.
an alcoholic liquor distilled from a fermented mash of grain, as barley, rye, or corn, and usually containing from 43 to 50 percent alcohol.
2.
a drink of whiskey.
3.
a word used in communications to represent the letter W.
adjective
4.
made of, relating to, or resembling whiskey.
Also, whisky.


Origin:
1705–15; short for whiskybae < Irish uisce beatha or Scots Gaelic uisge beatha, ultimately translation of Medieval Latin aqua vitae literally, water of life; cf. usquebaugh

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whiskey (ˈwɪskɪ)
 
n
the usual Irish and US spelling of whisky

Whiskey (ˈwɪskɪ)
 
n
communications a code word for the letter w

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Word Origin & History

whiskey
1715, from Gaelic uisge beatha "whisky," lit. "water of life," from O.Ir. uisce "water" + bethu "life." The Gaelic is probably a loan-translation of M.L. aqua vitae, which had been applied to intoxicating drinks since early 14c. (cf. Fr. eau de vie "brandy"). Other early spellings in Eng. include usquebea
(1706) and iskie bae (1583). Distinction between Scotch whisky and Irish and American whiskey is a 19c. innovation. Whisky sour is recorded from 1889.
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Example sentences for whiskey
Like single malt, pure pot still is sold as such or blended with grain whiskey.
She likes gambling and has extensive knowledge of whiskey and wine.
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