brandy

noun
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

brandy

verb
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 Founder Joe Beatrice chose to blend three different bourbons for this release, each finished in a different cask type: pear brandy, Jamaican rum and Sicilian amaro. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, "The 11 Best Cask-Finished American Whiskeys to Drink Right Now," 23 Mar. 2021 It was typically made by infusing a mix of brandy, wine and celandine juice with cloves, mace, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, sweet clover, spearmint, rosemary and cowslip for 12 hours, then distilling it into a cordial. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, "Part of Being a Domestic Goddess in 17th Century Europe Was Making Medicines," 1 Mar. 2021 The decision to suspend the 25% duties was announced in a joint statement by both governments, and follows the U.K.’s decision that took effect Jan. 1 to lift duties on products including U.S. rum, brandy and vodka. Yuka Hayashi, WSJ, "U.S. Suspends Tariffs on Scotch, Cheese and Other Products From U.K.," 4 Mar. 2021 The move follows the U.K. unilaterally dropping tariffs on many U.S. goods following its exit from the European Union, including American vodka, rum, and brandy. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, "US Suspends Scotch Whisky Tariffs For 4 Months," 4 Mar. 2021 Just as Bitcoin has driven investment into other cryptocurrencies, savvy investors are now looking at other spirits, such as tequila, brandy or cognac, which might ride whiskey's wave. Ollie Williams, Forbes, "How The Pandemic Changed The Spending Habits Of The Super-Rich," 28 Feb. 2021 Just grab your wine glass of brandy and a bean of baking soda and get cooking. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "Time travel for Christmas dinner with this 1904 Gold Medal Flour cookbook," 23 Dec. 2020 To make these products, wine is fortified (usually with neutral grape brandy), then infused with any manner of herbs, spices, fruits and barks. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Move over, Aperol spritz: Sunny, breezy California aperitifs are the chic Millennial's new drink of choice," 5 Feb. 2021 But delicate, fragrant fruit brandies, including Quarter Branch apple brandy, are Ms. Harris’s passion. New York Times, "America’s First Moonshine, Applejack, Returns in Sleeker Style," 2 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of brandy

Noun

1650, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brandy

Noun

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

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4 Apr 2021

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“Brandy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brandy. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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brandy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brandy

: an alcoholic drink made from wine

brandy

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

Kids Definition of brandy

: an alcoholic liquor made from wine or fruit juice

brandy

noun
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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