or ar·ak

[ ar-uh k, uh-rak ]
/ ˈær ək, əˈræk /


any of various spirituous liquors distilled in the East Indies and other parts of the East and Middle East from the fermented sap of toddy palms, or from fermented molasses, rice, or other materials.

Origin of arrack

1595–1605; < Arabic ʿaraq literally, sweat, juice; see raki Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for arrack



/ (ˈærək) /


a coarse spirit distilled in various Eastern countries from grain, rice, sugar cane, etc

Word Origin for arrack

C17: from Arabic `araq sweat, sweet juice, liquor
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Word Origin and History for arrack



c.1600, probably picked up in India, ultimately from Arabic araq, literally "sweat, juice;" used of native liquors in Eastern countries, especially those distilled from fermented sap of coconut palm, sometimes from rice or molasses.

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