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

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Today, Jay Z has stakes in several companies, including $310 million stakes in champagne brand Armand de Brignac and his cognac brand, D'Ussé., "Jay-Z Is Officially The World's First Billionaire Rapper," 4 June 2019 By the early 1900s, when the French 75 was introduced, cognac wasn’t so common, partially due to the mid-1800s phylloxera epidemic, which had diminished production. Chadner Navarro, WSJ, "The Return of Cognac—In Cocktail Form," 27 May 2019 Rémy is in real trouble if cognac falls out of fashion in the same way that vodka has. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Rémy Cointreau Isn’t the Hermès of the Liquor Industry," 22 Nov. 2018 And make sure to order one of the famous cocktails, which range from the classic (a refreshing, old-fashioned Pimm’s Cup) to the over-the-top like a $198 Viuex Carre made with 50-year-old cognac and rare Sazerac rye whiskey. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 Its portfolio is dominated by cognac, a category whose sales should grow 7% to 9% in the long term, compared with 5% for global spirits, according to Bernstein. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Rémy Cointreau Isn’t the Hermès of the Liquor Industry," 22 Nov. 2018 End the day with a gin and tonic at Atlas , or something more inspired—say, a wine-amaro- cognac-whisky at the high-concept cocktail bar Tippling Club. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Singapore: The (Mini) Black Book," 14 Nov. 2018 The HP Spectre Folio in cognac brown with a Core i5 processor is available for preorder today starting at $1,299. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "HP attempts to refresh the two-in-one with the leather-and-metal Spectre Folio," 1 Oct. 2018 Combining Beats sound quality with MCM's signature cognac monogram, the merger of fashion and tech is perfect for music lovers. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sound Off: Beats by Dr. Dre and MCM Team Up For Capsule Collection," 13 May 2015

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cognac

: a kind of brandy that is made in France

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