Definition of aquavit in English:


(also akvavit)

Pronunciation: /ˈäkwəˌvēt//ˈak-/


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We knew that included singing, folk dancing, the joy of life, also aquavit and Gamle Dansk.’
    • ‘He assured me that his company is benefiting from it, but added, ‘We'll still be drinking aquavit in Gothenburg for a long time.’’
    • ‘Just make sure to include some aquavit for a post-dinner toast to the cooks, past and present, who keep tradition alive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This book even shows the origins of aqua vitae, akvavit and usquebaugh, all very important substances today!’
    • ‘Coffee and aquavit, an alcoholic beverage, are the most commonly served beverages.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘If your smoked salmon appetizer is a popular dinner order, try offering it with a small shot of chilled aquavit or vodka.’
    • ‘And to aid in digesting such a delicious and complex meal, Sweden's famous spiced vodka, aquavit, is always the perfect finish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Think teak tabletops covered in lingonberries, herring, salmon, aquavit, pancakes and those cute little gherkins.’
    • ‘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.’


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