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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The vanilla and chocolate cream bases are both made with Hennessy VSOP cognac. Salted caramel, caramelized golden peanuts, butterscotch, dark chocolate croquant, whipped cream, hot fudge and a chocolate crown decorate the dessert. Fox News, "The world's most expensive ice cream and frozen treats," 3 Aug. 2016 No, because there are quite a lot of browns and cognacs here, too. Hilary Robertson, House Beautiful, "Ashley Whittaker on Making Colors Flow Effortlessly," 30 Oct. 2014 Place cider, cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker; top with ice. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Cider Sidecar," 21 Sep. 2018 Warm up your wardrobe for fall with the Cecelia Stitch PNW Minimalist Day Clutch, featuring blanket-weight Pendleton wool on the front and full-grain cognac leather on the back. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Wool wallets have Pacific Northwest flair," 13 Sep. 2018 Sign-up For now, sales of cognac and expensive handbags alike remain very buoyant, in large part thanks to China. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Luxury Stocks Are Looking Expensive Even Without a Trade War," 20 July 2018 But none of the cognacs have the cultural cache of Hennessy. Mark Dent,, "Forget craft beer - Philly loves brandy," 28 June 2018 After distillation, the liquid is blended and aged, which is what really makes cognac special. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "What's the Difference Between Cognac and Brandy?," 12 Dec. 2017 Try the Lillet Rosé Martini with vodka, St. Germain and Lillet rosé ($14) or the Cognac Sazerac with cognac, rye, Peychaud’s and absinthe rinse ($13). Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Party like a Parisian on Bastille Day with French food, cinema and activities," 11 July 2017

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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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: a kind of brandy that is made in France

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