• WordNet 3.6
    • n bourbon whiskey distilled from a mash of corn and malt and rye and aged in charred oak barrels
    • n Bourbon a European royal line that ruled in France (from 1589-1793) and Spain and Naples and Sicily
    • n Bourbon a member of the European royal family that ruled France
    • n Bourbon a reactionary politician in the United States (usually from the South)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bourbon was first made by a Baptist minsister from Bourbon County in Kentucky in 1789. That is where it got its name
    • Bourbon A member of a family which has occupied several European thrones, and whose descendants still claim the throne of France.
    • Bourbon A politician who is behind the age; a ruler or politician who neither forgets nor learns anything; an obstinate conservative.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bourbon whiskey gets its name from Bourbon County, Kentucky, where local distillers developed the drink around 1800.
    • n bourbon A member of the last royal family of France, or of any of its branches. The family took its name from its ancient seigniory of Bourbon (now Bourbon l'Archambault, in the department of Allier), and succeeded to the throne by collateral inheritance in 1589, in the person of Henry IV. The Bourbon dynasty was deposed in 1792, and restored in 1814. The revolution of 1830 brought to the throne Louis Philippe (who was deposed in 1848), of the younger or Orleans branch, which succeeded to all the claims of the family on the extinction of the elder branch in 1883. A line of Bourbon sovereigns has reigned in Spain (with two interruptions) since 1700, and a branch of this line held the throne of Naples or the Two Sicilies from 1735 to 1861.
    • n bourbon One who, as was said of the Bourbons, “forgets nothing and learns nothing”; hence, in United States politics, an extreme conservative; especially, one who is behind the time and is opposed to all progress: originally applied to certain members of the Democratic party.
    • n bourbon [lowercase] A kind of whisky made of wheat or Indian corn: originally limited to the corn-whisky made in Bourbon county, Kentucky.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the castle and seigniory of Bourbon, in central France


In literature:

Death, which spared not even the Bourbon, had taken away the Dauphin and his son; leaving as the King's successor an infant yet in his cradle.
"The Black Wolf's Breed" by Harris Dickson
Who at the Palais Bourbon?
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
Close by it is the Palace of Schoenbornhest, where the Bourbon family retreated at the revolution in the last century.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various
My mother's name is Rachel Conrad, born at Bourbon County, Kentucky.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
He is still emigre, and likely to remain so; for the First Consul distrusts all Bourbon princes.
"The Rose of Old St. Louis" by Mary Dillon
Louis de Bourbon, Prince de Conde, was killed at the battle of Jarnac, and Henry de Bourbon became the recognized head of the Huguenot party.
"Heroes of Modern Europe" by Alice Birkhead
Our course was for the Isle of Bourbon, lately captured from the French.
"James Braithwaite, the Supercargo" by W.H.G. Kingston
At Morto Bay we were met by Captain de Bourbon, a big handsome man with the characteristic Bourbon cut of countenance.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
The physicians, after trying in vain the usual method of cure, ordered me to repair to the waters of Bourbon.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Besides which, the Bourbons followed the wise counsels which had been given to them.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. I" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon

In poetry:

While Shenstone strained in feeble flights
With Corydon and Phillis,--
While Wolfe was climbing Abraham's heights
To snatch the Bourbon lilies,--
"For The Burns Centennial Celebration" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Pavia felt my iron hail,
When traitor Bourbon won the fight,
Yet glad was I no foreign knight
Alone had made our siege to fail,
When wrote our king the dismal tale,
'Save honour all is lost!'
"The Armada Gun" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
"Valois is dead, and Bourbon's Line
No longer fills my country's throne.
But death dear France shall never own!
Once more of late her joy was mine,
Once more for her my flames could shine,
My thunder echo clear.
"The Armada Gun" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
but for the lorn. Our roof is lefted off
lately: the shooter, and the bourbon man,
and then you got tired.
I'm afraid that's it. I figure you with love,
lifey, deathy, but I have a little sense
the rest of us are fired
"Dream Song 39: Goodbye, sir, & fare well. You're in the clear" by John Berryman
but not grown used to the goodness of this woman
in her great strength, in her hope superhuman,
no, no, not used at all.
I declare a mystery, he mumbled to himself,
of love, and took the bourbon from the shelf
and drank her a tall one, tall.
"Dream Song 100: How this woman came" by John Berryman
Where Toulon's white-walled lazaret looks southward o'er the wave,
Sits he that trusted in the word a son of Louis gave.
O noble faith of noble heart! And was the warning vain,
The text writ by the BOURBON in the blurred black book of Spain?
"Abd-El-Kader At Toulon Or, The Caged Hawk" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Road in Bourbon, rolled over and landed upside down in a water filled ditch.
Listermann Brewing Co. Will release its 2012 Cincinnatus, a bourbon barrel aged stout, starting at 4 pm Thursday (Dec 13) at the brewery in Cincinnati.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. A Bourbon County teenager is air lifted to UK Hospital in critical condition after he was hit by a car.
Bethlehem Farm is the featured property on this year's Fall Home Tour on Oct 21, sponsored by Historic Paris-Bourbon County.
Bourbon Street Hotel and Casino manager Mike Pekovich says occupants were told to leave their rooms shortly after 5 am Tuesday.
Details on Bourbon & Tunns, Palms Bistro 's next incarnation.
I'm blaming this on covering the Tap 'n Run 4K for the Voice (pics coming tomorrow) and drinking too much bourbon yesterday and spending the majority of today fixing leaking faucets in my old, old, old house.
2oz high strength bourbon 1/2 cup peaches (de-pitted) 3oz lemonade 1 cup ice.
Like many Louisvillians, Jeff Ames is a self-proclaimed bourbon enthusiast.
Beer and bourbon have long gotten the job done for a hardcore happy hour.
That's Not a Bomb , It's a Bottle of Bourbon.
What could be more festive than a dozen raw eggs, a quart of rum and a pint of bourbon getting friendly in a pot in the fridge for six weeks.
That's Not a Bomb, It's a Bottle of Bourbon .
For the nearly 48 years that Ronnie Eddins has worked at Buffalo Trace, he has sought the perfect bourbon .
Add Bourbon and stir for one minute.

In science:

Troland’s birthday provided a serviceable excuse to celebrate magnetic fields with a product that goes back much further even than Hiltner and Hall — fine old Kentucky bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Conference Summary: The Cosmic Agitator - Magnetic Fields in the Galaxy