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[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.
Origin of brandy
1615-25; short for brandywine < Dutch brandewijn burnt (i.e., distilled) wine Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Young brought the bucket, and McCloud pointed to the caskful of brandy.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • By the way, do you know that Norman was a secret drinker of brandy?

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • He is a firm believer in the efficacy of brandy to keep out the cold.

    Little Wolf M. A. Cornelius
  • Archie produced his bandages, while Tom poured some brandy down his throat.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • The traveller had been at the pains of going a long way up-stairs to his sleeping-room to fetch his pocket-flask of brandy.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for brandy


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 brandy

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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