Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Colorless brandy distilled from fermented fruit juice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. brandy or similar spirit

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • French name for brandy. Cf. Aqua vitæ, under aqua.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. strong coarse brandy

Etymologies

French eau-de-vie : eau, water + de, of + vie, life.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French eau-de-vie (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Out in Alameda, in the 65,000-square-foot Hangar One Distillery, I talked to Jorg about the process of eau de vie learning that there are two ways to do it: one is to distill from fermented fruit, and the other is to distill fruit that has been infused into grain alcohol; you cannot make a mash of raspberries, after all.

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  • There are two schools of eau de vie making, and they fall roughly into the camps of Old School and Slow Food.

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  • We drank Steve McCarthy’s eau de vie of pine trees.

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  • I drank their aged apple eau de vie and was inspired, and their St. George Single Malt.

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  • When James looks out his door at a small stand of pear trees, he finds the time to pick them and distill them, so he can make a special run of Edgefield pear eau de vie from Edgefield pears.

    CHASING the WHITE DOG

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