noun \ˈbran-dē\

: an alcoholic drink made from wine

plural brandies

Full Definition of BRANDY

:  an alcoholic beverage distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice

Origin of BRANDY

short for brandywine, from Dutch brandewijn, from Middle Dutch brantwijn, from brant distilled + wijn wine
First Known Use: 1657



Definition of BRANDY

transitive verb
:  to flavor, blend, or preserve with brandy

First Known Use of BRANDY

circa 1848


noun \ˈbran-dē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural brandies

Medical Definition of BRANDY

: an alcoholic liquor distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice (as of apples)


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Alcoholic beverage distilled from wine or a fermented fruit mash. The name comes from the Dutch brandewijn, “distilled wine.” Most brandies are aged and contain about 50% alcohol by volume. Some are darkened with caramel. They are usually served alone as after-dinner drinks but are sometimes used in mixed drinks or dessert dishes or as fuel in flamed dishes such as crêpes suzettes and cherries jubilee. They are also used as the base of various liqueurs. The finest brandy is usually thought to be French cognac.


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