sake

1
[seyk]
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Origin of sake

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English sacu lawsuit, cause; cognate with German Sache thing, Old Norse sǫk lawsuit; akin to seek

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sake

2

or sa·ké, sa·ki

[sah-kee]
noun
  1. a Japanese fermented, mildly alcoholic beverage made from rice.

Origin of sake

2
1680–90; < Japanese sake(y), earlier *sakai
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Contemporary Examples of sake

Historical Examples of sake

  • For his sake, I am glad once more to be in my own happy home.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • "It is partly for your sake that I wish it, my poor child," said he.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • If these guests were kin of his, they were welcome for his sake.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Not for myself, but for my Master's sake, I demand your friendship and fidelity.

  • If you can command the good creature to a place worthy of her, pray do for my sake.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson


British Dictionary definitions for sake

sake

1
noun
  1. benefit or interest (esp in the phrase for (someone's or one's own) sake)
  2. the purpose of obtaining or achieving (esp in the phrase for the sake of (something))
  3. used in various exclamations of impatience, urgency, etcfor heaven's sake; for pete's sake

Word Origin for sake

C13 (in the phrase for the sake of, probably from legal usage): from Old English sacu lawsuit (hence, a cause); related to Old Norse sok, German Sache matter

sake

2

sak or saki

noun
  1. a Japanese alcoholic drink made from fermented rice

Word Origin for sake

C17: from Japanese
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Word Origin and History for sake
n.1

"purpose," Old English sacu "a cause at law, crime, dispute, guilt," from Proto-Germanic *sako "affair, thing, charge, accusation" (cf. Old Norse sök "charge, lawsuit, effect, cause," Old Frisian seke "strife, dispute, matter, thing," Dutch zaak "lawsuit, cause, sake, thing," German sache "thing, matter, affair, cause"), from PIE root *sag- "to investigate, seek out" (cf. Old English secan, Gothic sokjan "to seek;" see seek).

Much of the word's original meaning has been taken over by case (n.1), cause (n.), and it survives largely in phrases for the sake of (early 13c.) and for _______'s sake (c.1300, originally for God's sake), both probably are from Norse, as these forms have not been found in Old English.

n.2

"Japanese rice liquor," 1680s, from Japanese sake, literally "alcohol."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with sake

sake

see for the sake of.

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