Definitions for john barleycorn
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a personification of alcoholic liquor.
Origin of John Barleycorn:
liquor, spirits, booze, hard drink, hard liquor, John Barleycorn, strong drink(noun)
an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
a personification of alcoholic drink, particularly beer and whisky.
Origin: John (commonly used to personify a concept) + barleycorn; barley is used to produce malt the source of most British alcoholic drink.
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