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

  • n. Strong distilled alcohol, especially a strong liquor such as whiskey or brandy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An aqueous solution of alcohol typically prepared by distilling wine.
  • n. A concentrated aqueous solution of ethanol.
  • n. French brandy / cognac.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. strong distilled liquor or brandy


Middle English aqua vite, from Medieval Latin aqua vītae; see aquavit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin aqua "water" and vitae "of life", meaning "water of life". (Wiktionary)


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  • Not to be confused with aqua regia. So don't keep you alchemical supplies in your liquor cabinet.

    January 28, 2008

  • See also "whisky" (=uisge beatha = water of life).

    January 28, 2008

  • From Merriam-Webster dictionary:
    Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin, literally, water of life
    Date: 15th century
    : a strong alcoholic liquor (as brandy)

    January 25, 2008