aqua vitae

[ vahy-tee, vee-tee ]
/ ˈvaɪ ti, ˈvi ti /


spirituous liquor, as brandy or whiskey.

Origin of aqua vitae

1375–1425; late Middle English aqua vite < Latin: water of life; cf. aquavit, whiskey Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aqua vitae

  • Many a cask of ale and cider is on tap, and many a draught of spiced wine and aqua-vitae has been quaffed.

    Main Street|Nathaniel Hawthorne

British Dictionary definitions for aqua vitae

aqua vitae
/ (ˈviːtaɪ, ˈvaɪtiː) /


an archaic name for brandy

Word Origin for aqua vitae

Medieval Latin: water of life
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