Definition of John Barleycorn in US English:

John Barleycorn


  • A personification of barley, or of malt liquor.

    • ‘John Barleycorn represents the spirit of the Barley, grown strong over the summer, cut down in his prime, ground and brewed into beer where he lives again.’
    alcohol, alcoholic drink, liquor, intoxicating liquor, drink, strong drink, spirits, intoxicants
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John Barleycorn

/ˌjän ˈbärlēkôrn/