bran·​dy | \ ˈbran-dē How to pronounce brandy (audio) \
plural brandies

Definition of brandy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an alcoholic beverage distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice


brandied; brandying

Definition of brandy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to flavor, blend, or preserve with brandy

Examples of brandy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pick up some grappa-like grape brandy, too, which most vineyards also produce. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 22 Sep. 2021 The meal will end with dessert, cheeses, brandy and schnapps. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Sep. 2021 The new brandy uses only Door County grapes, a first for the distillery, which began business by selling just vodka, then gin. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 June 2021 Beth is armed with a glass of brandy in nearly every scene. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2021 The traditional cocktails offer a selection of drinks inspired by the 1800s, like the President's Julep made with peach brandy. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 21 Aug. 2021 Under Thursday's agreement, the U.K. will suspend for five years the 25% tariffs on U.S. rum, brandy and vodka. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, 17 June 2021 Most recipes—indeed the original recipe—call for Orange Curacao (brandy based) as opposed to Triple Sec/Cointreau (vodka based). Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 26 Aug. 2021 Tickets are on sale now for an old-fashioned showdown between whiskey and brandy during Old Fashioned Fest Sept. 10 at Turner Hall, 1040 N. Phillips Ave. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As of May 18, there were about 580 comments with guesses ranging from chocolate chip cookie dough to brandy old-fashioned. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of brandy


1650, in the meaning defined above


1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brandy


short for brandywine, from Dutch brandewijn, from Middle Dutch brantwijn, from brant distilled + wijn wine

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13 Oct 2021

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“Brandy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of brandy

: an alcoholic drink made from wine


bran·​dy | \ ˈbran-dē How to pronounce brandy (audio) \
plural brandies

Kids Definition of brandy

: an alcoholic liquor made from wine or fruit juice


bran·​dy | \ ˈbran-dē How to pronounce brandy (audio) \
plural brandies

Medical Definition of brandy

: an alcoholic liquor distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice (as of apples)

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