noun, often capitalized
co·gnac | \ˈkōn-ˌyak also ˈkȯn- or ˈkän- \

Definition of cognac 

: a brandy from the departments of Charente and Charente-Maritime distilled from white wine

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Jeff Park’s Corpse Reviver was, as the name promised, a ridiculously potent blend of cognac, Calvados, and vermouth, served in a Martini glass. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 Kim Jong Il was an introverted, reluctant leader who seemed to hate having to leave his palaces, stacked with DVDs and cognac. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Reporter’s notebook: Covering North Korea, daring to hope for change.," 11 June 2018 This week, the procession included Robin Barfield, who sat at the bar drinking a cognac while reminiscing with Johnson. Josh Noel,, "After 39 years, Quenchers Saloon readies to close its doors," 17 May 2018 Another, the Parisian ($13), is assembled like a brandy Old Fashioned sweet, but made with cognac and elderflower liqueur, along with citrus and cherry. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reopening after break, Meraki marks new menu with a half-price night," 12 July 2018 Jay-Z recently topped this year’s list with $900 million as a result of a diversified portfolio that includes Roc Nation, Tidal and a cognac division. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Stax Legend Al Bell on Black Music's Living Legacy and Power: 'My Life's Mission Is to Make Sure It Doesn't Die'," 6 July 2018 Atlantic salmon sauteed with pink peppercorns, cognac and cream. Gwen Ashley Walters, azcentral, "10 summer deals at Phoenix restaurants, casual to upscale dining," 15 June 2018 West's Lobster Newberg is poached in a butter bath and served with cognac-sherry sauce (market rates). Joyce Smith, kansascity, "Iconic Savoy restaurant aims for 'throwback' feel with fun, like blue cotton candy," 30 June 2018 The cognac company took notice and made sure Bell doesn’t run dry again any time soon. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Hennessy sent Jordan Bell a bunch of bottles after he ran out at Warriors parade," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of cognac

1751, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cognac

French, from Cognac, France

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The first known use of cognac was in 1751

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English Language Learners Definition of cognac

: a kind of brandy that is made in France

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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