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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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 Once the steaks are removed from the skillet, Dijon mustard, crushed peppercorns, cream, and cognac or brandy are combined in the pan to create the sauce. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Steak au Poivre from Alex Hitz," 3 Jan. 2014 His mother, Eleanor Mortimer, came from a wealthy family whose ancestors included John Jay, the first chief justice of the U.S. His father, Maxime Hubert Furlaud, was born in France into a family that produced cognac. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Squibb CEO Furlaud Was Spurred by a Depression-Era Drop in Status," 21 Sep. 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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