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brandy

[bran-dee] /ˈbræn di/
noun, plural brandies.
1.
a spirit distilled from wine or from the fermented juice of grapes or of apples, peaches, plums, etc.
verb (used with object), brandied, brandying.
2.
to mix, flavor, or preserve with brandy.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; short for brandywine < Dutch brandewijn burnt (i.e., distilled) wine
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British Dictionary definitions for brandy

brandy

/ˈbrændɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
an alcoholic drink consisting of spirit distilled from grape wine
2.
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
n.

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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