Definition of quaich in English:

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Pronunciation: /kwāk/


1A shallow drinking cup, typically made of wood and having two handles.
Example sentences
  • In appreciation of his 18 years of service to the town, Mr Ferguson was presented with a print of Brian Neil's town scenes and an engraved pewter quaich, or whiskey drinking bowl, together with a bottle of single malt whisky.
  • The award, an engraved, two-handled traditional Scottish drinking bowl known as a quaich, was presented to Aiden by Mrs Jane Jones in the presence of Commodore RFA, Commodore Peter Lannin, at RFA HQ in Portsmouth.
  • Celebrity fisherman Ian Botham christened the proceedings by pouring the traditional quaich of whisky into the dark waters.
1.1A trophy of a design similar to a quaich.
Example sentences
  • The group was welcomed by West Dunbartonshire's Lord Provost Alistair MacDonald, and presented with a silver quaich.
  • It's a prize with handsome rewards: not just a decorative quaich, but also a deal with Edinburgh's Foot Stompin’ Records, dates at two folk festivals in Canada and a return visit to Celtic Connections.
  • The prize, to be announced on May 4, consists of a quaich and £500.


Mid 16th century: from Scottish Gaelic cuach 'cup'.

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Syllabification: quaich

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