A barrel-shaped container that holds wine or other, usually alcoholic, beverages is called a cask. If you visit a winery, you will often see many rows of wooden wine-filled casks lining the caves and cellars of the winery. If you have a large party, you can open a cask of wine.

Experts aren't exactly sure what the origin of the word cask is. They know that it is a noun that comes from the Middle French word casque or the Spanish word casco, and both mean "helmet," but how we got from helmet to wine-filled barrel-shaped container is unclear. Students may have heard of the word cask from Edgar Allan Poe's famous short story of revenge and murder set in a wine cellar, "The Cask of Amontillado."

Definitions of cask

n a cylindrical container that holds liquids

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beer barrel, beer keg
a barrel that holds beer
a large cask (especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 hogsheads or 126 gallons)
a large cask especially one holding 63 gals
small cask or barrel
pickle barrel
a barrel holding vinegar in which cucumbers are pickled
a disassembled barrel; the parts packed for storage or shipment
a large cask especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 butts or 252 gals
wine barrel, wine cask
a barrel that holds wine
a small wooden keg
powder keg
keg (usually made of metal) for gunpowder or blasting powder
water butt
a butt set on end to contain water especially to store rainwater
Type of:
an object used as a container (especially for liquids)

n the quantity a cask will hold

Type of:
the quantity that a container will hold

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