From "bourbon whiskey", originally "Bourbon whiskey", of disputed provenance. Generally taken to derive from Bourbon County, Kentucky, but possibly also from Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Both derive from the French Bourbon dynasty, named for the lordship of French Bourbon l'Archambault. The town's name derives from Gaulish Borvo, a local Celtic deity associated with hot springs, from Proto-Celtic *borvo (“froth, foam”).
- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)bən
bourbon (plural bourbons)
- A whiskey distilled from a mixture of grains in which more than half is maize, aged in oak barrels. Made chiefly in the United States.
- A serving of bourbon
- A Bourbon biscuit
- ^ Kiniry, Laura. "Where Bourbon Really Got Its Name and More Tips on America’s Native Spirit". Smithsonian.com. 13 June 2013. Accessed 12 September 2013.