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

Why We Worship Derek Jeter (Even If He Kinda Sucks at Shortstop) Robert Silverman February 12, 2014

Historical Examples

The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) John Holland Rose
The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
Court Beauties of Old Whitehall W. R. H. Trowbridge
Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8 Various
Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. I Fleury de Chaboulon.
Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Louisa Of Prussia and Her Times Louise Muhlbach
Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
Hortense, Makers of History Series John S. C. Abbott

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

Bourbons [(boor-bohnn, boor-buhnz)]

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