from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various strong distilled alcoholic drinks, as.
  • noun a liquor made in Latin America from sugar cane, often flavored with anise.
  • noun a brandy made in Spain and Portugal from the pomace of grapes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A brandy made in Spain and Portugal, generally from grapes.
  • noun In general, in Spanish countries, any spirituous liquor for drinking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A inferior brandy of Spain and Portugal.
  • noun Mexico and Spanish America. A strong alcoholic drink, especially pulque.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An inferior brandy made in Spain and Portugal.
  • noun A strong alcoholic drink, especially pulque, found in Central and South America as well as the southwestern United States.


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

[Spanish : agua, water (from Latin aqua; see akw-ā- in Indo-European roots) + ardiente, hot, scalding, blazing (from Old Spanish, from Latin ārdēns, ārdent-, present participle of ārdēre, to burn; see as- in Indo-European roots).]



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  • "Stephen, however, asked Jack to have the head of a barrel containing Chilean aguardiente taken off for Dr. Jacob, and he called upon all hands... to form in lines and to advance in turn... each man passing Jacob was given a cup from the barrel; then moving on to Stephen he received a very considerable dose of prime coca, with its usual accompaniments."

    —Patrick O'Brian, Blue at the Mizzen, 225

    March 28, 2008

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    October 16, 2010