Definition of John barleycorn

1. Noun. An alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented.




Definition of John barleycorn

1. Proper noun. a personification of alcoholic drink, particularly beer and whisky. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of John Barleycorn

Johannison block
Johansson
Johansson block
Johansson blocks
Johansson gauge
John's cabbage
John-a-dreams
John Adams
John Addington Symonds
John Amos Comenius
John Anthony Ciardi
John Augustus Roebling
John Bach McMaster
John Bardeen
John Barleycorn
John Barrington Wain
John Barrymore
John Barth
John Bartlett
John Bernoulli
John Berry Hobbs
John Birks Gillespie
John Broadus Watson
John Brown
John Bull
John Bunyan
John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
John Burgoyne
John C. Fremont

Literary usage of John barleycorn

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1. The Book of Humorous Verse by Carolyn Wells (1920)
"john barleycorn THERE were three kings into the east, Three kings both great and high; And they hae sworn a solemn oath john barleycorn should die. ..."

2. The Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns (1841)
"But the more ancient name of john barleycorn was Allan-a- maut, ... I am disposed to think with Mr Jamie- son, that Sir john barleycorn had been originally ..."

3. Poetry for Children by Samuel Eliot (1879)
"john barleycorn. There went three kings into the East, Three kings both great and high; And they have sworn a solemn oath, john barleycorn shall die. ..."

4. Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect by Robert Burns (1824)
"I An' they hae sworn a solemn oath s john barleycorn should die. ' I / They took a plough and plough'd him down, Put clods upon his head, And they hae sworn ..."

5. The Children's Garland from the Best Poets by Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore (1863)
"XX john barleycorn \vas three kings into the East, JL Three kings both great and high, And they hae sworn a solemn oath john barleycorn should die. ..."

6. A Complete Word and Phrase Concordance to the Poems and Songs of Robert by J. B. Reid (1889)
"john barleycorn. john barleycorn got up again, Ib. They heaved in John ... Orthodox, orthodox, wha believe in John Knox, Leeze me on thee, john barleycorn, ..."

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