"Sake" does not mean what you think!

What does "sake" mean? I looked it up in dictionary.com and here's the definition I got:

     a Japanese fermented, mildly alcoholic beverage made from rice.

So that's the definition of sake in an "English dictionary".

In fact, in Japanese, the meaning of 酒 sake is actually different. It means, "alcoholic beverage" in general. So it does not necessarily mean traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice. Beer, wine, champagne, martini... any alcoholic beverage is actually 酒 sake to a Japanese person.

Then how do Japanese people call "sake" (in the sense used in an English dictionary) in Japanese? We call it 日本酒 nihonshu, which literally means "Japanese alcohol beverage".
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