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 To finish the meal, the adults took shots of grappa, a type of Italian brandy that locals consider medicinal. Gina Rich, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2022 Visitors can come for tastings and to purchase their dry gin (pictured here) or pear brandy. Valerie Stivers And Hank Zona, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 Armagnac is kind of an underrecognized category overall in the US, and there really aren’t many casks finishes that happen in this type of French brandy barrel. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 2 Aug. 2022 Red plums, figs, cocoa powder and brandy mid palate and a slab of chocolate and orange slices on the finish. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 24 July 2022 How to drink it: This brandy liqueur works well in sangria or as a complement to tequila in a Paloma. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 19 July 2022 In fact, Wollersheim Winery and Distillery in Prairie du Sac, which this year is marking its 50th anniversary, just released brandy old fashioned in cans. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 May 2022 Carrero brings a spry comic waywardness to her portrayal of the brandy-swigging spouse, who’s already growing a bit restless in the shadow of her rising academic star husband. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 Other Ingredients: Some recipes call for spiking the whole project with an ounce of brandy. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 30 Dec. 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 See More

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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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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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