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[bran-deed] /ˈbræn did/
flavored, soaked in, or treated with brandy.
Origin of brandied
1825-35; brandy + -ed3
Related forms
unbrandied, adjective


[bran-dee] /ˈbræn di/
noun, plural brandies.
a spirit distilled from wine or from the fermented juice of grapes or of apples, peaches, plums, etc.
verb (used with object), brandied, brandying.
to mix, flavor, or preserve with brandy.
1615-25; short for brandywine < Dutch brandewijn burnt (i.e., distilled) wine Unabridged
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Examples from the web for brandied
  • Unusual jam flavors range from wild thimbleberry to blueberry-brandied peach.
  • Clumsy sweet potato latkes and overly bitter broccoli rabe detracted from a flavorful pork chop stuffed with brandied apples.
  • It opens as brandied, minty plum jam, warm as a steam radiator and sweet.
  • It is the time of year for chutneys, brandied cranberries, and the rich gravy that comes with the roasting of the poultry or meat.
  • Even the hot plum pudding has been replaced by cold brandied fruit, served in a mold of ice cream.
  • Four into tumblers, put brandied papers over each, and seal when the jelly is cold and firm.
British Dictionary definitions for brandied


noun (pl) -dies
an alcoholic drink consisting of spirit distilled from grape wine
a distillation of wines made from other fruits: plum brandy
Word Origin
C17: from earlier brandewine, from Dutch brandewijn burnt wine, from bernen to burn or distil + wijnwine; compare German Branntwein
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Word Origin and History for brandied



1650s, abbreviation of brandywine (1620s) from Dutch brandewijn "burnt wine," so called because it is distilled (cf. German cognate Branntwein and Czech palenka "brandy," from paliti "to burn"). The Brandywine Creek in Pennsylvania, site of a Revolutionary War battle, supposedly so named by the Dutch for the color of its waters.

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