Definitions

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

  • noun Any of various strong alcoholic liquors of South Asia and Southeast Asia, usually distilled from fermented palm sap, rice, or molasses.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Originally the name of a strong liquor made in southern Asia from the fermented juice of the date, but used in many parts of Asia and eastern Africa for strong liquors of different kinds.

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

  • noun A name in the East Indies and the Indian islands for all ardent spirits. Arrack is often distilled from a fermented mixture of rice, molasses, and palm wine of the cocoanut tree or the date palm, etc.

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  • noun A name in the East Indies and the Indian islands for all ardent spirits often distilled from a fermented mixture of rice, molasses, and palm wine.

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

  • noun any of various strong liquors distilled from the fermented sap of toddy palms or from fermented molasses

Etymologies

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

[Arabic ‘araq, sweat, strong clear distilled liquor originally made from dates; see arak.]

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Arabic عرق (ʕáraq, "raisin liquor").

Examples

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  • "Rum or arrack, an alcohol distilled from the fermented sap of palm trees, was mixed with sugar, citrus juice, water, and spices to make punch."

    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 11

    June 7, 2010

  • I've also seen arack and arrak, as well as the original Indo-Malay arak.

    June 7, 2010