Bourbon [boo r-buh n, bawr-, bohr- or, French, boor-bawn for 1–3; bur-buh n for 4 or occasionally for 3] Examples noun

  1. a member of a French royal family that ruled in France 1589–1792, Spain 1700–1931, and Naples 1735–1806, 1815–60.
  2. Charles [sharl] /ʃarl/, Constable de Bourbon, 1490–1527, French general.
  3. a person who is extremely conservative or reactionary.
  4. (lowercase) Also called bourbon whiskey. a straight whiskey distilled from a mash having 51 percent or more corn: originally the corn whiskey produced in Bourbon County, Kentucky.

Related Words for bourbons drink, alcohol, liquor, Scotch, distillery, bourbon, zealot, fanatic, fundamentalist, moonshine, distiller, rotgut, corn, rye, poteen, moonshiner, hooch, pullback, right, reactionary Examples from the Web for bourbons Contemporary Examples of bourbons

  • The selection will make ten million Yankees fans cry in their bourbons.

    Why We Worship Derek Jeter (Even If He Kinda Sucks at Shortstop)

    Robert Silverman

    February 13, 2014

  • Historical Examples of bourbons

  • “Till the Bourbons return,” said another Carlist, playing with his moustache.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The restoration of the Bourbons, the Revolutions of 1830 and 1848, make and unmake romantics.

    The American Mind

    Bliss Perry

  • Mirabeau’s last effort was to give this colour to the Bourbons, and he failed.

    Gerald Fitzgerald

    Charles James Lever

  • Are they partisans of the Bourbons, or are they mere highwaymen?

    Paul Gosslett’s Confessions in Love, Law, and The Civil Service

    Charles James Lever

  • The Bourbons look to the Church as the last hope of the Restoration.

    Tom Burke Of “Ours”, Volume II (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • British Dictionary definitions for bourbons bourbon noun

    1. a whiskey distilled, chiefly in the US, from maize, esp one containing at least 51 per cent maize (the rest being malt and rye) and aged in charred white-oak barrels

    Word Origin for bourbon C19: named after Bourbon county, Kentucky, where it was first made Bourbon noun

      1. a member of the European royal line that ruled in France from 1589 to 1793 (when Louis XVI was executed by the revolutionaries) and was restored in 1815, continuing to rule in its Orleans branch from 1830 until 1848. Bourbon dynasties also ruled in Spain (1700–1808; 1813–1931) and Naples and Sicily (1734–1806; 1815–1860)
      2. (as modifier)the Bourbon kings

    Word Origin and History for bourbons bourbon n.

    type of American corn whiskey, 1846, from Bourbon County, Kentucky, where it first was made, supposedly in 1789. Bourbon County was organized 1785, one of the nine established by the Virginia legislature before Kentucky became a state. The name reflects the fondness felt in the United States for the French royal family, and especially Louis XVI, in gratitude for the indispensable support he had given to the rebel colonists. See Bourbon.


    line of French kings (who also ruled in Naples and Spain), of whom it was proverbially said, “they learn nothing and forget nothing.” The royal family ruled in France 1589-1792 and 1815-1848; its name is from Bourbon l’Archambault, chief town of a lordship in central France, probably from Borvo, name of a local Celtic deity associated with thermal springs, whose name probably is related to Celtic borvo “foam, froth.”

    bourbons in Culture Bourbons [(boor-bohnn, boor-buhnz)]

    The ruling family of France from the late sixteenth century until the French Revolution. The Bourbon kings were known for their stubbornness; the politician Talleyrand is supposed to have said of them, “They have learned nothing, and they have forgotten nothing.” Louis xiv and Louis xvi were Bourbon kings.

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