Bourbon definition

bûrbən
A whiskey distilled from a fermented mash containing not less than 51 percent corn in addition to malt and rye.
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French royal family descended from Louis I, Duke of Bourbon (1270?–1342), whose members have ruled in France (1589–1793 and 1814–1830), Spain (1700–1868, 1874–1931, and since 1975), and Naples and Sicily (1734–1860).
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A political reactionary.
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A whiskey distilled from a fermented mash of not less than 51 percent corn grain and stored in charred new oak containers for not less than two years.
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Designating, of, or made with such whiskey.
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Name of the ruling family of France (1589-1793; 1814-48, from 1830 to 1848 as the Orléans branch); of Spain (1700-1808; 1813-1931; 1975- ); of Naples and Sicily (1734-1806; 1815-60), united as the kingdom of the Two Sicilies, 1815; and of various duchies & principalities in Italy at various times within the periods 1748-1807 & 1815-60, including Parma, Piacenza, Lucca, & Etruria.
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A political and social reactionary.
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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.
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A serving of bourbon.
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A Bourbon biscuit.
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A European dynasty which reigns in Spain and formerly ruled France.
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Bourbon County, Kentucky, in the United States.
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Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the United States.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of bourbon - bourbon-whiskey

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bourbon
Plural:
bourbons

Origin of bourbon

  • After the region of Bourbon County, Kentucky, which formerly included much of the northeastern part of the state

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • After the Bourbon family

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary