aqua vitae

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aqua vi·tae

Strong distilled alcohol, especially a strong liquor such as whiskey or brandy.

[Middle English aqua vite, from Medieval Latin aqua vītae; see aquavit.]

aqua vitae

(ˈviːtaɪ; ˈvaɪtiː)
(Brewing) an archaic name for brandy
[Medieval Latin: water of life]

aq′ua vi′tae

(ˈvaɪ ti, ˈvi taɪ)
a strong alcoholic liquor, as brandy or whiskey.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin: water of life]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aqua vitae - strong distilled liquor or brandyaqua vitae - strong distilled liquor or brandy  
booze, hard drink, hard liquor, John Barleycorn, liquor, spirits, strong drink - an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
References in classic literature ?
The caches were again opened, supplies of various kinds taken out, and a liberal allowance of aqua vitae distributed throughout the camp, to celebrate with proper conviviality this merry meeting.
He had found time to open the corner cupboard and bring out a great case bottle of aqua vitae, and now sat with his back towards me at the table.
Many a cigar had been smoked within his premises--many a glass of wine, or more potent aqua vitae, had been quaffed--many a dinner had been eaten by curious strangers, who, save for the fortunate conjunction of Mr.