John Barleycorn
Barleycorn Bar"ley*corn`, n. [See {Corn}.] 1. A grain or ``corn'' of barley. [1913 Webster]

2. Formerly, a measure of length, equal to the average length of a grain of barley; the third part of an inch. [1913 Webster]

{John Barleycorn}, a humorous personification of barley as the source of malt liquor or whisky. [1913 Webster]


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  • John Barleycorn — is an English 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… …   Wikipedia

  • John Barleycorn — «John Barleycorn» («Джон Ячменное Зерно»)  английская народная песня. Характер Джона Ячменное Зерно в песне олицетворяет зерновые урожаи ячменя и варение алкогольных напитков из него  пива и виски. В песне описываются жизнь Джона… …   Википедия

  • John Barleycorn — ist in englischsprachigen Ländern eine spöttische, meist verharmlosende Bezeichnung für den Alkohol. Eine gleichnamige Ballade des schottischen Dichters Robert Burns beschreibt, wie die Gerste (engl. barley) als Korn in die Erde gebracht wird und …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • John Barleycorn — n. personification of corn liquor, malt liquor, etc …   English World dictionary

  • John Barleycorn — Le cabaret de la dernière chance Auteur Jack London Genre Autobiographie Version originale Titre original John Barleycorn Langue originale Anglais …   Wikipédia en Français

  • John Barleycorn —    whisky    The allusion is to its raw material:     Leeze on thee, John Barleycorn, Thou King o grain. (Burns, 1786) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • John Barleycorn — John Bar|ley|corn literary or old fashioned the ↑personification (=the representation of a thing as a person, in literature or art) of alcoholic drink, especially strong drinks such as ↑whisky …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • John Barleycorn — John′ Bar′leycorn n. vin a personification of alcoholic liquor • Etymology: 1610–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • John Barleycorn — noun Date: circa 1620 alcoholic liquor personified …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • John Barleycorn — a personification of barley as used in malt liquor, of malt liquor itself, or of any intoxicating liquor. [1610 20] * * * …   Universalium

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