or ra·kee

[ rah-kee, ruh-, rak-ee, rah-kee ]
/ rɑˈki, rə-, ˈræk i, ˈrɑ ki /


a spirituous liquor distilled from grain, grapes, plums, etc., in southeastern Europe and the Near East.

Nearby words

  1. raked,
  2. rakehell,
  3. rakehelly,
  4. raker,
  5. raker tooth,
  6. raking,
  7. raking bond,
  8. raking cornice,
  9. raking course,
  10. raking piece

Origin of raki

1665–75; < Turkish < Arabic ʿaraqī, equivalent to ʿaraq arrack + suffix of appurtenance

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Examples from the Web for rakee

  • The latter live almost entirely upon maizePg 265 and sliegovich, a kind of rakee made out of plums, and extremely fiery.

    Herzegovina|George Arbuthnot
  • Rakee, a kind of brandy, was handed about; and afterwards a musician came in and played and sang to amuse the company.

    Far Off|Favell Lee Mortimer

British Dictionary definitions for rakee



/ (rɑːˈkiː, ˈrækɪ) /


a strong spirit distilled in Turkey, the former Yugoslavia, etc, from grain, usually flavoured with aniseed or other aromatics

Word Origin for raki

C17: from Turkish rāqī

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