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 There were also an array of items given by an official from a Korean naval academy, including a model ship and cannon, skin care products, a coin and Korean brandy. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2022 Mincemeat is comprised of some variation of beef suet, currants, rump steak, raisins, brown sugar, brandy, candied citrus peels, lemon juice and zest, nutmeg, and apples. Erik Kain, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 The Starlite apple brandy is a 50% ABV expression produced in Indiana. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Sales of the brandy, produced in the Cognac region of France, rose by almost 31% in value to 3.6 billion euros ($4.1 billion), industry group BNIC said Monday. Reuters, CNN, 17 Jan. 2022 The apple brandy and tonic is an autumnal mood-setter and an early favorite. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2021 As soon as the brandy has cooked off, reduce the heat to medium, add the cinnamon, sugar and vanilla and keep tossing the apples until the sugar has melted, and the apple mixture has taken on a caramel stickiness. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Oct. 2021 There are other noteworthy distillers making apple brandy, among them Clear Creek, Rhinehall, and others. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 16 Sep. 2021 The new versions of applejack — from producers like Catoctin Creek, Holman Distillery and Copper & Kings — range from clear, high-proof eau de vie de pomme, to deep auburn liquors often called aged applejack, or apple brandy. New York Times, 2 Feb. 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 See More

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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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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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