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Definition of "brandy" []

  • An alcoholic liquor distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice. (noun)
  • To preserve, flavor, or mix with brandy. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "brandy" in a sentence
  • "It seems to have been liberated from the pharmacy and drunk for pleasure in the 15th century, when the terms Bernewyn and brannten Wein, ancestors of our word brandy that meant “burning” or “burnt” wine, appear in German laws about public drunkenness."
  • "You can get beef and mutton there, and damper, and tea no doubt, and what they call brandy, as long as you've got the money to pay for it."
  • "Drank half a bottle of some sort of spirits -- probably spirits of wine; for what they call brandy, rum, &c. &c. here is nothing but spirits of wine, coloured accordingly."