also  ˈkȯn-,
ˈkän- How to pronounce cognac (audio)
often capitalized
: a brandy from the departments of Charente and Charente-Maritime distilled from white wine

Examples of cognac in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This exclusive cognac is made in homage to Gérard Basset, Chester’s late business partner who was named World’s Best Sommelier in 2010. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 8 Sep. 2023 Its Branson Cognac is now the team’s official cognac, and Le Chemin du Roi is the official champagne. Fritz Hahn, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2023 The whiskey was looked after like a fine cognac, with periodic tastings and relocation of the barrels to optimal spots in the warehouse for long aging. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 8 Aug. 2023 By the 1960s and 1970s, baked Alaska, doused in cognac and set aflame when served, became the standard in the elegant floating dining rooms on cruise ships, prized for the theatrical pomp and circumstance associated when serving it. Philip Potempa, Chicago Tribune, 14 July 2023 The comfortable foam cushioning is upholstered with faux leather in cognac or steel (gray). Lauren Taylor, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Feb. 2023 With over 300 years of cognac making under their belt, a bottle of Martell is sure to impress any cognac lover. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 26 Jan. 2023 And finally, wines and spirits, which are mainly champagnes and cognac, selling €6 bn. Per and Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2023 The tomatoes are sprinkled with caviar, for instance, and the peach cream gets a drizzle of cognac. Lauren Joseph, New York Times, 28 July 2023 See More

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Word History


French, from Cognac, France

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cognac was in 1751

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“Cognac.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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co·​gnac ˈkōn-ˌyak How to pronounce cognac (audio)
often capitalized
: a French brandy

named for Cognac, town in France in and near which it is made

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