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brandy alexander

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[al-ig-zan-der, -zahn-] /ˌæl ɪgˈzæn dər, -ˈzɑn-/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
a cocktail made with crème de cacao with gin or brandy (brandy alexander) and sweet cream.
Origin of alexander
1925-30; probably after the proper name Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for brandy-alexander


Harold (Rupert Leofric George), Earl Alexander of Tunis. 1891–1969, British field marshal in World War II, who organized the retreat from Dunkirk and commanded in North Africa (1943) and Sicily and Italy (1944–45); governor general of Canada (1946–52); British minister of defence (1952–54)
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Contemporary definitions for brandy-alexander

a cocktail of brandy, chocolate liqueur, and cream

Word Origin

an Alexander made with brandy; an Alexander has a chocolate liqueur, cream, and a choice of liquor such as brandy

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Word Origin and History for brandy-alexander


masc. proper name, from Latin, from Greek Alexandros "defender of men," from alexein "to ward off, keep off, turn (something) away, defend, protect" + aner (genitive andros) "man" (see anthropo-). The first element is related to Greek alke "protection, help, strength, power, courage," alkimos "strong;" cognate with Sanskrit raksati "protects," Old English ealgian "to defend." As a kind of cocktail, it is attested from 1930.

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brandy-alexander in the Bible

man-defender. (1.) A relative of Annas the high priest, present when Peter and John were examined before the Sanhedrim (Acts 4:6). (2.) A man whose father, Simon the Cyrenian, bore the cross of Christ (Mark 15:21). (3.) A Jew of Ephesus who took a prominent part in the uproar raised there by the preaching of Paul (Acts 19:33). The Jews put him forward to plead their cause before the mob. It was probably intended that he should show that he and the other Jews had no sympathy with Paul any more than the Ephesians had. It is possible that this man was the same as the following. (4.) A coppersmith who, with Hymenaeus and others, promulgated certain heresies regarding the resurrection (1 Tim. 1:19; 2 Tim. 4:14), and made shipwreck of faith and of a good conscience. Paul excommunicated him (1 Tim. 1:20; comp. 1 Cor. 5:5).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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