whiskey

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English[edit]

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Glass of Irish whiskey.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • whisky (England, Scotland, Canada)

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Irish uisce beatha, Scottish Gaelic uisge-beatha (literally water of life), from Proto-Celtic *udenskyos (water) + *biwotos (life), from *biwos (alive), calque of Latin aqua vitae.

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Noun[edit]

whiskey (countable and uncountable, plural whiskeys or whiskies)

  1. (Ireland, US) A liquor distilled from the fermented mash of grain (as rye, corn, or barley).
    • 1753, “Historical Chronicle”, in The Gentleman's Magazine, volume XXIII, page 391:
      The exceſſive drinking of ſpirituous liquours, eſpecially whiſkey, is now become ſo common, that more people are killed by them, than by ſmall-pox, fevers, broken limbs, accidents, and all other diſtempers put together. And we are credibly informed, that in one dram ſhop only in this town, there are 120 gallons of that accurſed ſpirit, whiſkey, ſold.
  2. (Ireland, US) A drink of whiskey.
  3. The letter W in the ICAO spelling alphabet.

Usage notes[edit]

The regional spellings whiskey and whisky are also used world-wide to distinguish regional drinks, for example bourbon whiskey, but Scotch whisky.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English whiskey.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʋɪski/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: whis‧key

Noun[edit]

whiskey m (plural whiskeys, diminutive whiskeytje n)

  1. (a glass of) whiskey

French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English whisky, whiskey, from Irish uisce beatha, Scottish Gaelic uisge-beatha (literally water of life).

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Noun[edit]

whiskey m (plural whiskeys)

  1. whiskey (drink)

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

whiskey m (plural whiskeys)

  1. Alternative form of uísque

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English whiskey

Noun[edit]

whiskey m (plural whiskeys or whiskey)

  1. whiskey