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[vod-kuh] /ˈvɒd kə/
an unaged, colorless, distilled spirit, originally made in Russia.
Origin of vodka
1795-1805; < Russian vódka, equivalent to vod(á) water + -ka noun suffix Unabridged
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  • His last touch was to supplement the decanter of sherry with a bottle of vodka.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • In the ensuing silence he repaired to the buffet and drank a glass of vodka.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • But also he is a Slav and likes a glass of vodka on Sundays and feast days.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • And yet for some of them this life of brawls and vodka, of theft and mendicancy, is a very hell.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald
  • So fuddled was he by vodka that he was unable to understand the purport of my visit.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for vodka


an alcoholic drink originating in Russia, made from grain, potatoes, etc, usually consisting only of rectified spirit and water
Word Origin
C19: from Russian, diminutive of voda water; related to Sanskrit udan water, Greek hudōr
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Word Origin and History for vodka

1802, from Russian vodka, literally "little water," from voda "water" (from PIE *wedor, *wodor; see water (n.1)) + diminutive suffix -ka.

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