Bourbon: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (boor'bun, bôr'-, bōr'- or, Fr., br-bôn' for 1–3 bûr'bun for 4 or occas. for 3), [key]
— n.
  1. a member of a French royal family that ruled in France 1589–1792, Spain 1700–1931, and Naples 1735–1806, 1815–60.
  2. (“Constable de Bourbon”), 1490–1527, French general.
  3. a person who is extremely conservative or reactionary.
  4. (l.c.) Also calleda straight whiskey distilled from a mash having 51 percent or more corn: originally the corn whiskey produced in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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