American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An alcoholic liquor distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice.
- v. To preserve, flavor, or mix with brandy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spirituous liquor obtained by the distillation of wine, or of the refuse of the winepress. The average proportion of alcohol in brandy ranges from 48 to 54 per cent. The name brandy is now given to spirit distilled from other liquors, and in the United States to that which is distilled from cider and from peaches. See grande champagne, fine champagne (under champagne), cognac, and eau-de-vie.
- To mix or flavor with brandy.
- n. uncountable An alcoholic liquor distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice.
- n. countable Any variety of brandy.
- n. countable A glass of brandy.
- v. transitive To preserve, flavour, or mix with brandy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A strong alcoholic liquor distilled from wine. The name is also given to spirit distilled from other liquors, and in the United States to that distilled from cider and peaches. In northern Europe, it is also applied to a spirit obtained from grain.
- n. distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice
- Shortened form of brandywine, from Dutch brandewijn ("burnt wine"). (Wiktionary)
- Short for brandy-wine, from Dutch brandewijn : brandende, present participle of branden, to burn; see gwher- in Indo-European roots + wijn, wine; see wine. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“I suggest a Sanctuary drinking game wherein every time Magnus makes a hackneyed historical or literary reference, you take five sips of fine 100 year old brandy from a large snifter.”
“Trolls I suggest you go with something else to mellow you out: maybe a nice drink that consists of Earl Grey iced tea, some Germain-Robin brandy, some Bärenjäger (which is a honey liqueur), and lemon.”
“The fruit - and indeed the cake itself - is traditionally soaked in brandy or some kind of other liquor.”
“Stir in brandy and fruit mixture, as well as chopped pecans.”
“I'll raise MINE when my black current brandy is ready (it's steeping in a jug in the pantry as I write) in September!”
“I also have read of "brandy paper", where a small round of parchment paper is dipped in brandy to cover and help preserve the contents of the jar.”
“To ward off any chill of the early May morning, an abundant supply of rompope, a milk based liquor and brandy is carried in the processions to and from mass, along with huge pots of hot cinnamon canela tea and giant sleeves of cups.”
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