Definition of "bourbon" []

  • A whiskey distilled from a fermented mash containing not less than 51 percent corn in addition to malt and rye. (noun)
  • A whiskey distilled, chiefly in the US, from maize, esp one containing at least 51 per cent maize (the rest being malt and rye) and aged in charred white-oak barrels (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "bourbon" in a sentence
  • "As he worked, I drew a second glass of poisoned bourbon from the keg."
  • "“The crowd in the bar said this his taste for bourbon is a match for yours.”"
  • "In fact, most of the whiskey cocktails we know as bourbon-based, such as the Sazerac, the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned, were originally made with rye."