Sake may refer to:
Sake, a Japanese alcoholic beverage brewed from rice
- Sake set, a generic term for the flask and cups used to serve sake
- Sake bomb, a mixed drink made with sake
- Wakame sake, a sexual act involving drinking sake from a woman's body in food play
- Japanese word for salmon, as commonly used in sushi and other Japanese dishes
- Sake, Democratic Republic of the Congo, a town in the eastern province of North Kivu
- Sake, Rwanda, a town in Rwanda
, often spelled saké ( or ) in English, is a Japanese rice wine made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Unlike wine, in which alcohol ( ethanol) is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in grapes, sake is produced by a brewing process more like that of beer, where the starch is converted into sugars before being converted to alcohol.
The brewing process for sake differs from the process for beer in that, for beer, the conversion from starch to sugar and from sugar to alcohol occurs in two discrete steps. Like other rice wines, when sake is brewed, these conversions occur simultaneously. Furthermore, the alcohol content differs between sake, wine, and beer. Wine generally contains 9%–16% ABV, while most beer contains 3%–9%, and undiluted sake contains 18%–20% (although this is often lowered to about 15% by diluting with water prior to bottling).
In the Japanese language, the word "sake" (酒, "liquor", also pronounced shu) can refer to any alcoholic drink, while the beverage called "sake" in English is usually termed nihonshu (日本酒, "Japanese liquor"). Under Japanese liquor laws, sake is labelled with the word seishu (清酒, "clear liquor"), a synonym less commonly used in conversation.
In Japan, where it is the national beverage, sake is often served with special ceremony – gently warmed in a small earthenware or porcelain bottle called a tokkuri, and sipped from a small porcelain cup called a sakazuki.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"Japanese rice liquor," 1680s, from Japanese sake, literally "alcohol."
"purpose," Old English sacu "a cause at law, crime, dispute, guilt," from Proto-Germanic *sako "affair, thing, charge, accusation" (cognates: Old Norse sök "charge, lawsuit, effect, cause," Old Frisian seke "strife, dispute, matter, thing," Dutch zaak "lawsuit, cause, sake, thing," German Sache "thing, matter, affair, cause"), from PIE root *sag- "to investigate, seek out" (cognates: Old English secan, Gothic sokjan "to seek;" see seek).\n
\nMuch of the word's original meaning has been taken over by case (n.1), cause (n.), and it survives largely in phrases for the sake of (early 13c.) and for _______'s sake (c.1300, originally for God's sake), both probably are from Norse, as these forms have not been found in Old English.
Etymology 1 n. 1 cause, interest or account. 2 purpose or end; reason. 3 The benefit or regard of someone or something. Etymology 2
alt. (qualifier: countable and uncountable) Rice wine, a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice. n. (qualifier: countable and uncountable) Rice wine, a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice.
n. Rice wine; a drink made from filtered fermented rice.
n. a reason for wanting something done; "for your sake"; "died for the sake of his country"; "in the interest of safety"; "in the common interest" [syn: interest]
the purpose of achieving or obtaining; "for the sake of argument"
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Saki \Sa"ki\ (s[aum]"k[-e]), n. The alcoholic drink of Japan. It is made from rice; it is usually spelled sake.
Usage examples of "sake".
That is the fidelity of a woman speaking, for Sier Valence has already said that he has abjured his oaths for the sake of this woman, and she does not deny it.
I have brought to light a monstrous abnormality, but I did it for the sake of knowledge.
With the acrid juice of this herb, and of others belonging to the same Ranunculous order, beggars in England used to produce sores about their body for the sake of exciting pity, and getting alms.
Thus also Nachi Cocom, who dwelt in the chief town of Zututa in the province Chichen Itza, that called Chichen Itza, and Ah Cahuot Cocom, aiding the word of God and our great King, delivered up their standards and banners for the sake of our great King, for the conquest, and received the Adelantado and the father the priest in their towns, nor did they make war, but abstained from all injury, and laid out churches and town-houses for their followers.
The translations have all been made with care, but for the sake of younger pupils simplified and modernized as much as close adherence to the sense would permit.
Divine Word, we adore the flesh of Christ not for its own sake, but because the Word of God is united thereto in person.
And so the devil was not satisfied with instigating to a desire for riches and honors, but he went so far as to tempt Christ, for the sake of gaining possession of these things, to fall down and adore him, which is a very great crime, and against God.
A virtue is none the less to be desired for its own sake, because it has some adventitious profit connected with it: indeed, in most cases the noblest virtues are accompanied by many extraneous advantages, but it is the virtues that lead the way, and these merely follow in their train.
Mark Twain wrote: I must steal half a moment from my work to say how glad I am to have your book and how highly I value it, both for its own sake and as a remembrance of an affectionate friendship which has subsisted between us for nine years without a break and without a single act of violence that I can call to mind.
It may be well to premise for the sake of any reader who knows nothing about the digestion of albuminous compounds by animals that this is effected by means of a ferment, pepsin, together with weak hydrochloric acid, though almost any acid will serve.
I wished he had spent his gold on himself and left me poor, for it seemed to me I had need of nothing save the little I earned by my pen--I was content to live an anchorite and dine off a crust for the sake of the divine Muse I worshipped.
If the world was created for the sake of the people of Israel, and the Apocalyptists expressly taught that, then it follows, that in the thought of God Israel was older than the world.
Whereas Shigeru had sought power because with it he could rule with justice and in harmony with heaven, Arai sought power for its own sake.
Finally I was astonished to find myself reflecting that I should have had no scruple in breaking the bank in the way suggested, if it had only been for the sake of making the company laugh.
After all, I should have hunted Atene, not you, though now she lives to avenge me, for her own sake, not mine.