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cooperage Line breaks: coop¦er|age
Pronunciation: /ˈkuːp(ə)rɪdʒ/

Definition of cooperage in English:


1A cooper’s business or premises.
Example sentences
  • As not every tree in an auction lot can be used for staves, French cooperages usually work with wood brokers who have other customers.
  • Canadian distilleries had their own cooperages and offered their clients money in return for the barrels.
  • Heading down a different trail, I passed by an old cooperage and other lime production ruins before making it back to the car at about 2.30 pm.
1.1 [mass noun] The making of barrels and casks: cooperage is a forgotten art
More example sentences
  • Barrel making, known as cooperage, is an art form that is practiced by a small handful of craftsman around the world, which is surprising considering how vital it is to the wine and spirit markets.
  • We're even running out of traditional cooperage skills to ‘raise up’ the barrels imported from American whiskey and Spanish sherry production.
  • By 1865 the mill had expanded to carry out lead refining, ‘white’ and ‘red’ lead production, paint grinding and cooperage.

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