- spirituous liquor, as brandy or whiskey.
Origin of aqua vitae
Related Words for aqua vitaeextract, oil, alcohol, sauce, liquor, drink, water, syrup, milk, whiskey, booze, nectar, essence, abstract, distillation, fluid, secretion, sap, spirit, serum
Examples from the Web for aqua vitae
Historical Examples of 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
- an archaic name for brandy
Word Origin for aqua vitae
early 15c., Latin, literally "water of life," an alchemical term for unrefined alcohol. Applied to brandy, whiskey, etc. from 1540s. Cf. whiskey, also French eau-de-vie "spirits, brandy," literally "water of life."