Definition of cooperage in English:



  • 1A cooper's business or premises.

    • ‘It is also possible to visit a large cooperage, and watch the process of making barrels.’
    • ‘Within a few years, he had set up his own cooperage.’
    • ‘In the course of the ceremony, he will be rolled down the yard of the cooperage in his barrel.’
    • ‘Roger's interest in his family's early history on Cape Ann led him to purchase the cooperage and tool shop built by Isabel's son James Babson in 1658.’
    • ‘Heading down a different trail, I passed by an old cooperage and other lime production ruins before making it back to the car at about 2.30 pm.’
    • ‘He started as a teenager working for his family's wooden barrel plant, a historical cooperage that the logger is now trying to convert into a working museum.’
    • ‘As not every tree in an auction lot can be used for staves, French cooperages usually work with wood brokers who have other customers.’
    • ‘The factory held three or four bonded warehouses, administrative offices, a bottling plant, a small cooperage, and an enormous vatting and blending operation.’
    • ‘The place has its own state-of-the-art winery, its own cooperage to ensure flavour and complexity, its own chef to educate consumers on the perfect blend of food and wine. It's all part of a worldwide trend.’
    • ‘An old cooperage behind the Scottish Fisheries Museum accommodates Peter Jukes' lauded seafood restaurant.’
    • ‘There are also operating businesses - a bakery, cooperage and livery stables.’
    • ‘Canadian distilleries had their own cooperages and offered their clients money in return for the barrels.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun]The making of barrels and casks.
      ‘cooperage is a forgotten art’
      • ‘As a final part of the cooperage process, a fire is lit under the upturned barrel and this is what gives toasted flavours to a wood-aged Chardonnay.’
      • ‘We're even running out of traditional cooperage skills to ‘raise up’ the barrels imported from American whiskey and Spanish sherry production.’
      • ‘By 1865 the mill had expanded to carry out lead refining, ‘white’ and ‘red’ lead production, paint grinding and cooperage.’
      • ‘Barrel making, known as cooperage, is an art form that is practiced by a small handful of craftsman around the world, which is surprising considering how vital it is to the wine and spirit markets.’