noun, often capitalized
co·​gnac | \ ˈkōn-ˌyak also ˈkȯn- or ˈkän- How to pronounce cognac (audio) \

Definition of cognac

: 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 The last shot is of LOEWE’s ubiquitous Puzzle bag in a cognac colorway. Eliza Huber,, "Thanks To LOEWE, Megan Rapinoe’s Face Is All Over Paris," 15 Jan. 2020 As a result, the cognac brand D’ussé, which the rapper is an investor in, now sponsors the event. Aaron Randle, New York Times, "How a Hip-Hop Party Went From a Harlem Basement to Packing Barclays," 23 Dec. 2019 The shoe comes in black velvet with a gold heel, red suede with a tortoise heel, grey suede with a black heel, houndstooth print, and cognac crocodile. Emily Higginbotham, Marie Claire, "How the Female Founders in Meghan Markle's Closet Launched Their Companies," 13 Dec. 2019 Jackson’s cognac is the joint venture between Jackson and French liquor producer Branson Cognac. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "50 Cent to promote cognac, champagne brands in Houston-area Spec’s," 4 Dec. 2019 Over the past five years, cognac sales have soared 73%. John Kell, Fortune, "Exclusive: Cognac House D’Ussé to Release a Limited Edition Barrel in Honor of Jay-Z’s 50th Birthday," 4 Dec. 2019 Byredo Rich cognac swirled with patchouli, violet and vanilla makes Slow Dance an intoxicating sweet, woody unisex scent; $260, at Nordstrom, The Grove or at 2. Meg Hemphill, The Hollywood Reporter, "6 Woodsy Scents for All Genders," 30 Oct. 2019 Following the light show, the women separated to have some girl time while sipping on cocktails and enjoying massage chairs, as the men moved into a man cave, complete with sports, bonding, cognac, whiskey and cigars. Elissa Rosen,, "Inside Tyrese Gibson's Private Pajama Birthday Party: 'Best Night Ever'," 31 Dec. 2019 The Prohibition era sidecar cocktail is a simple combination of three ingredients: cognac (a type of brandy, made only in the Cognac region of France), orange liqueur, and lemon juice. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Classic Sidecar," 19 Dec. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cognac.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cognac

: a kind of brandy that is made in France

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