bran·​dy | \ ˈbran-dē How to pronounce brandy (audio) \
plural brandies

Definition of brandy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an alcoholic beverage distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice


brandied; brandying

Definition of brandy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to flavor, blend, or preserve with brandy

Examples of brandy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When Mark and Digger ask to run on commercial property, the answer and results are surprising; Mike and Jerry turn blueberries into brandy; Richard chases after the green fairy to make backwoods absinthe. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 Central Standard's brandy was aged a month in the barrels before bottling. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Nov. 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, and Chardonnay top the list along with Airén which is typically associated with Spain’s brandy industry, so its not as crafted into table wines as much as the other top players. Jill Barth, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Among their offerings: slivovitz, an Eastern European plum brandy that seems to be making a comeback in the food world. Christina Tkacik,, 7 Oct. 2021 Tyrone is grilling pork tenderloin; Jess, his first mate and wife, is busy whipping up asparagus tips with a brandy cream sauce and a sweet-potato mash. David Lahuta, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Sep. 2021 Robb Report’s exclusive bottling, in partnership with our friends at WhistlePig, of a bespoke 12-year-old whiskey expertly finished in Spanish brandy casks which tempers the heat and spice of the high-rye mash bill beautifully. Paul Croughton, Robb Report, 12 Sep. 2021 Beyond its gleaming glass-and-iron façade, limestone walls and wood beams recall the building's days as a 19th-century brandy cellar. Jason Wilson, Travel + Leisure, 15 Oct. 2021 Once the liquids have evaporated, turn up the heat to high and add the brandy. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As of May 18, there were about 580 comments with guesses ranging from chocolate chip cookie dough to brandy old-fashioned. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of brandy


1650, in the meaning defined above


1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brandy


short for brandywine, from Dutch brandewijn, from Middle Dutch brantwijn, from brant distilled + wijn wine

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English Language Learners Definition of brandy

: an alcoholic drink made from wine


bran·​dy | \ ˈbran-dē How to pronounce brandy (audio) \
plural brandies

Kids Definition of brandy

: an alcoholic liquor made from wine or fruit juice


bran·​dy | \ ˈbran-dē How to pronounce brandy (audio) \
plural brandies

Medical Definition of brandy

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

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