a member of a French royal family that ruled in France 1589–1792, Spain 1700–1931, and Naples 1735–1806, 1815–60.
[sharl] /ʃarl/ (Show IPA), (“Constable de Bourbon”) 1490–1527, French general.
a person who is extremely conservative or reactionary.
(lowercase). Also called bourbon whiskey. a straight whiskey distilled from a mash having 51 percent or more corn: originally the corn whiskey produced in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
Contemporary Examples

Viral Video of the Day: Brad Pitt Throws Beer to Matthew McConaughey The Daily Beast Video May 18, 2014
Broadway’s Sweet New Play Rachel Syme September 29, 2009
Hillbilly Heaven: The History of Small-Batch Bourbon Dane Huckelbridge March 28, 2014
Bikers Attack an SUV and More Real-Life Grand Theft Autos (VIDEO) The Daily Beast Video October 1, 2013
Benjamin Percy: How I Write Noah Charney June 4, 2013

Historical Examples

The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott
Wit, Humor, Reason, Rhetoric, Prose, Poetry and Story Woven into Eight Popular Lectures George W. Bain

a whiskey distilled, chiefly in the US, from maize, esp one containing at least 51 per cent maize (the rest being malt and rye) and aged in charred white-oak barrels

a member of the European royal line that ruled in France from 1589 to 1793 (when Louis XVI was executed by the revolutionaries) and was restored in 1815, continuing to rule in its Orleans branch from 1830 until 1848. Bourbon dynasties also ruled in Spain (1700–1808; 1813–1931) and Naples and Sicily (1734–1806; 1815–1860)
(as modifier): the Bourbon kings



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