An alcoholic liquor originally distilled from fermented wheat mash but now also made from a mash of rye, corn, or potatoes.
A colorless alcoholic liquor distilled from rye, wheat, etc.
A serving of the above beverage.
(US standard of identity) Neutral spirits distilled (treated after distillation) so as to have no distinctive character, aroma, taste, or color.
Origin of vodka
Slavic voda, woda, meaning water, plus the diminutive suffix -ka. Historical documentary research of V. Pokhlyobkin suggests the derivation via the usage "dilution (of distillate) with water", as used in expressions "vodka of grain wine" and similar; Ñ…Ð»ÐµÐ±Ð½Ð¾Ðµ Ð²Ð¸Ð½Ð¾ (xlebnoje vino, “grain wine") is an archaic Russian name for vodka.