from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An alcoholic liquor originally distilled from fermented wheat mash but now also made from a mash of rye, corn, or potatoes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A clear distilled alcoholic liquor made from grain mash
- n. A serving of the above beverage
- n. Neutral spirits distilled (or treated after distillation) so as to have no distinctive character, aroma, taste, or color
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A Russian drink distilled from rye.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sort of whisky or brandy generally drunk in Russia, properly distilled from rye, but sometimes from potatoes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. unaged colorless liquor originating in Russia
Russian, diminutive of voda, water; see wed-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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; хлебное вино ("grain wine") is an archaic Russian name for vodka. (Wiktionary)