aquavit

[ah-kwuh-veet, ak-wuh-]
noun
  1. a dry spirit, especially of Scandinavia, made from redistilled grain or potato alcohol and usually flavored with caraway seeds.
Also akvavit.

Origin of aquavit

1885–90; < Danish, Swedish, Norwegian akvavit, aquavit < Latin aqua vīt(ae) water of life
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Contemporary Examples of aquavit

Historical Examples of aquavit

  • So John pursued his advantage by inquiring, Have you any aquavit?

    Three in Norway

    James Arthur Lees

  • This morning he came into our room after breakfast, with a bottle of aquavit in his hand wherewith to drink our health.

    Three in Norway

    James Arthur Lees

  • Just as we were driving off, a brilliantly original idea occurred to him, and he said, Come in and taste my aquavit.

    Three in Norway

    James Arthur Lees

  • The weather was so unpleasant, and Bluebeard and his aquavit were so engaging, that we decided not to leave here till to-morrow.

    Three in Norway

    James Arthur Lees


British Dictionary definitions for aquavit

aquavit

noun
  1. a grain- or potato-based spirit from the Scandinavian countries, flavoured with aromatic seeds and spices, esp carawayAlso called: akvavit

Word Origin for aquavit

from Scandinavian; see aqua vitae
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