- a member of a French royal family that ruled in France 1589–1792, Spain 1700–1931, and Naples 1735–1806, 1815–60.
- Charles [sharl] /ʃarl/, Constable de Bourbon, 1490–1527, French general.
- a person who is extremely conservative or reactionary.
- (lowercase) Also called bourbon whiskey. a straight whiskey distilled from a mash having 51 percent or more corn: originally the corn whiskey produced in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
Examples from the Web for bourbon
From cognac to bourbon, rye to añejo tequila, many of our beloved spirits spend years aging in wooden casks.How Much Do Whisky Casks Really Affect Taste?
December 10, 2014
In Kentucky the bourbon distillers have had to increase their payrolls by 77 per cent in two years to meet the demand.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
“I would enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon,” President Obama said on Wednesday.The Booze That Saved America
November 8, 2014
And Obama suggested that he and McConnell could share some Kentucky bourbon.Obama: Lamest Duck Ever?
November 6, 2014
For a short time there was Zima Gold, which was slightly amber and almost had bourbon like taste to it — for the manly Zima man.In Japan, Zima Haz No Zexual Preference
Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo
September 13, 2014
You will do well to go to Bourbon until my return from Flanders.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
Such was the farewell of their subjects to the House of Bourbon.
Antony of Bourbon, who had married the queen, was a Frenchman.
Antony of Bourbon headed an army of the Catholics to besiege the city.
In the midst of this state of things the old Cardinal of Bourbon died.
- 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
- a member of the European royal line that ruled in France from 1589 to 1793 (when Louis XVI was executed by the revolutionaries) and was restored in 1815, continuing to rule in its Orleans branch from 1830 until 1848. Bourbon dynasties also ruled in Spain (1700–1808; 1813–1931) and Naples and Sicily (1734–1806; 1815–1860)
- (as modifier)the Bourbon kings
Word Origin and History for bourbon
type of American corn whiskey, 1846, from Bourbon County, Kentucky, where it first was made, supposedly in 1789. Bourbon County was organized 1785, one of the nine established by the Virginia legislature before Kentucky became a state. The name reflects the fondness felt in the United States for the French royal family, and especially Louis XVI, in gratitude for the indispensable support he had given to the rebel colonists. See Bourbon.
line of French kings (who also ruled in Naples and Spain), of whom it was proverbially said, "they learn nothing and forget nothing." The royal family ruled in France 1589-1792 and 1815-1848; its name is from Bourbon l'Archambault, chief town of a lordship in central France, probably from Borvo, name of a local Celtic deity associated with thermal springs, whose name probably is related to Celtic borvo "foam, froth."