whiskey

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English[edit]

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Glass of Irish whiskey.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • whisky (England, Scotland, Canada)

Etymology[edit]

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

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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.

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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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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Scottish Gaelic uisce or Irish uisce via English whisky, whiskey

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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]

Noun[edit]

whiskey m (plural whiskeys or whiskey)

  1. whiskey