Definition of aquavit in English:


(also akvavit)


mass noun
  • An alcoholic spirit made from potatoes or other starchy plants.

    • ‘For Constitution Day, many families traditionally eat a meal of flat bread, thinly sliced dried meats, and milk porridge, with beer or aquavit as a beverage.’
    • ‘And to aid in digesting such a delicious and complex meal, Sweden's famous spiced vodka, aquavit, is always the perfect finish.’
    • ‘The scrappy Scandinavians spend most of August celebrating their triumphant return with elaborate parties complete with funny hats, traditional songs, copious amounts of aquavit and, of course, cartloads of crayfish.’
    • ‘This book even shows the origins of aqua vitae, akvavit and usquebaugh, all very important substances today!’
    • ‘He assured me that his company is benefiting from it, but added, ‘We'll still be drinking aquavit in Gothenburg for a long time.’’
    • ‘It's a full of dazzling photographs, and brilliantly simple recipes, such as spicy gravlaks with aquavit, salt cod with peas and mint, spice-crusted salmon, fennel-stewed lamb, and rhubarb and strawberry soup.’
    • ‘Want to forget about it - go down to the bar and have an akvavit!’
    • ‘We've enjoyed aquavit and pickled herring at fine restaurants as well as hot dogs and beer at no fewer than six ballparks.’
    • ‘Think teak tabletops covered in lingonberries, herring, salmon, aquavit, pancakes and those cute little gherkins.’
    • ‘Once noticed, they'll be celebrating in Goteborg, Sweden's ‘little Detroit,’ by quaffing aquavit, a high-octane Scandinavian drink that could double as rocket fuel.’
    • ‘Coffee and aquavit, an alcoholic beverage, are the most commonly served beverages.’
    • ‘We knew that included singing, folk dancing, the joy of life, also aquavit and Gamle Dansk.’
    • ‘Just make sure to include some aquavit for a post-dinner toast to the cooks, past and present, who keep tradition alive.’
    • ‘If your smoked salmon appetizer is a popular dinner order, try offering it with a small shot of chilled aquavit or vodka.’
    • ‘There were quite a few bottles gathering dust in the liquor cabinet - Benedictine, framboise, aquavit - and he decided he might as well try them all.’
    • ‘Lanza, who seems ready to leap into a fistfight over the issue, describes in tones of pure horror how he added fruit juice to his drink and ‘inadvertently used aquavit instead of gin on one occasion.’’


Late 19th century: from Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish akvavit (see aqua vitae).