[ vod-kuh ]
/ ˈvɒd kə /


an unaged, colorless, distilled spirit, originally made in Russia.

Origin of vodka

1795–1805; < Russian vódka, equivalent to vod(á) water + -ka noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vodka


/ (ˈvɒdkə) /


an alcoholic drink originating in Russia, made from grain, potatoes, etc, usually consisting only of rectified spirit and water

Word Origin for vodka

C19: from Russian, diminutive of voda water; related to Sanskrit udan water, Greek hudōr
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Word Origin and History for vodka



1802, from Russian vodka, literally "little water," from voda "water" (from PIE *wedor, *wodor; see water (n.1)) + diminutive suffix -ka.

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