Definition of cask in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɑːsk/


1A large barrel-like container used for storing liquids, typically alcoholic drinks: the wine is stored in oak casks
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  • Whisky is always kept in oak casks that have already stored another alcoholic beverage: usually bourbon or sherry, occasionally port and Madeira.
  • Around 90% of bourbon is stored in their oak casks which, according to American law, can only be used just once.
  • Butter has been stored and shipped in wooden barrels, casks, tubs, and eventually paraffin paper and parchment.
barrel, keg, butt, tun, vat, drum, tank, vessel, hogshead, firkin, kilderkin, pipe, pin
archaic puncheon, tierce
1.1The quantity of liquid held in a cask: a cask of cider
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  • A cask of gunpowder was fired close to the wall of the Clerkenwell House of Detention, at 3.45 p.m. on December 13, 1867.
  • Among the prizes are signed football tops from both Rangers and Celtic football clubs, and a cask of Famous Grouse whisky, which should hopefully attract the connoisseurs out and bid.
  • In addition, local microbrewery Wild Rose Brewery features a cask of real ale on the first Friday of each month at a different pub each month.


Early 16th century: from French casque or Spanish casco 'helmet'. The current senses appear only in English; from the late 16th to the late 18th centuries the word also denoted a helmet (compare with casque).

Words that rhyme with cask

ask, bask, flask, Krasnoyarsk, mask, masque, task

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