Definitions for john barleycorn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. liquor, spirits, booze, hard drink, hard liquor, John Barleycorn, strong drink(noun)

    an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented


  1. John Barleycorn(ProperNoun)

    a personification of alcoholic drink, particularly beer and whisky.

  2. Origin: John (commonly used to personify a concept) + barleycorn; barley is used to produce malt the source of most British alcoholic drink.


  1. John Barleycorn

    "John Barleycorn" is a British folksong. The character of John Barleycorn in the song is a personification of the important cereal crop barley and of the alcoholic beverages made from it, beer and whisky. In the song, John Barleycorn is represented as suffering attacks, death and indignities that correspond to the various stages of barley cultivation, such as reaping and malting.


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