- an alcoholic drink obtained by distillation and rectification of the grain of malted barley, rye, or maize, flavoured with juniper berries
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Winea clear, colorless alcoholic liquor distilled with juniper berries and other flavorings: [uncountable]bought some gin.[countable]bought a gin and tonic.
gin4 /dʒɪn/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]
- GamesAlso called gin rummy. a card game, a variety of rummy for two players.
- Gamesa hand in this game in which the cards are matched in sets, winning extra points.
- Winean alcoholic liquor obtained by distilling grain mash with juniper berries.
- Winean alcoholic liquor similar to this, made by redistilling spirits with flavoring agents, esp. juniper berries, orange peel, angelica root, etc.
- shortened from geneva 1705–15
n., v., ginned, gin•ning.
- Middle English gyn, aphetic variant of Old French engin engine 1150–1200
v.i., v.t., gan, gun, gin•ning. [Archaic.]
- Middle English ginnen, Old English ginnan, aphetic variant of onginnan, beginnen to begin 1150–1200
n., v., ginned, gin•ning. [Cards.]
- perh. special use of gin1 1955–60
conj. [Chiefly Scot. and Southern Appalachian.]
Dialect Terms, Scottish Termsif;
variously explained as sense development of gien given (see gie, -en3);
as contraction of gif if + an2 (compare iffen);
or as aphetic form of again
n. [Australian Informal.]
- British Termsa female Aborigine.
- British Termsan Aboriginal wife.
- Dharuk di-yin
- a primitive engine in which a vertical shaft is turned by horses driving a horizontal beam or yoke in a circle
- Also called: cotton gin a machine of this type used for separating seeds from raw cotton
- a trap for catching small mammals, consisting of a noose of thin strong wire
- to free (cotton) of seeds with a gin
- to trap or snare (game) with a gin
- an archaic word for begin
- Austral offensive slang an Aboriginal woman