Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Scots A two-handled drinking cup.

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  • n. A traditional, shallow, two-handled Scottish cup symbolising friendship. It was originally used to toast the arrival or departure of a visitor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See quaigh.

Etymologies

Scottish Gaelic cuach, from Old Irish cúach, from earlier cuäch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • He had brought a cup, formed from a gourd, which answered the purpose of a "quaich," as it is called in Scotland; and we made our way down to the edge of the stream, where he could dip out a cupful.

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  • Turning, Colum picked up a silver quaich from its place on the tartan-covered table behind him.

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  • There was a lessening of the tension over the hall, and almost an audible sigh of relief in the gallery as Colum drank from the quaich and offered it to Jamie.

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  • It was a custom to offer a welcome or farewell drink, usually whisky, in a quaich to a guest.

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  • We received this Scottish Cup of Friendship also known as quaiche or quaich as a wedding gift.

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  • The quaich is used as a favour at many Scottish weddings, being presented to all at the top table, at christenings to celebrate the new life or gifted to friends as a symbol of friendship.

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  • It is said that water drunk from a silver quaich tastes crisp due to the clearing effect of silver.

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  • The guest reciprocates the gesture by drinking the whisky from the quaich and thus expressing his bond of friendship to the host.

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  • “Quaich-quaich,” from their strange loud voice, which seems to repeat these words in various and not unmelodious intonations.

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  • I let him run on in this key till we came to the change-house of a widow -- one Fraser -- and as she curtsied at the door, and asked if the braw gentlemen would favour her poor parlour, we went in and tossed a quaich or two of aqua, to which end she set before us a little brown bottle and two most cunningly contrived and carven cups made of the

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

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  • On the other side of the world,
    you pass the moon to me,
    like a loving cup,
    or a quaich.
    —Carol Ann Duffy, 'World'

    August 20, 2010

  • "Turning, Colum picked up a silver quaich from its place on the tartan-covered table behind him. He lifted the heavy eared cup with both hands, drank from it, and offered it to Dougal."
    —Diana Gabaldon, Outlander (NY: Delacorte Press, 1991), 187

    January 2, 2010