or ra·kee

[rah-kee, ruh-, rak-ee, rah-kee]


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

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

Historical Examples of rakee

  • 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

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


    George Arbuthnot

British Dictionary definitions for rakee




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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