brandy

[bran-dee]
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:
1615–25; short for brandywine < Dutch brandewijn burnt (i.e., distilled) wine

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brandy (ˈbrændɪ)
 
n , pl -dies
1.  an alcoholic drink consisting of spirit distilled from grape wine
2.  a distillation of wines made from other fruits: plum brandy
 
[C17: from earlier brandewine, from Dutch brandewijn burnt wine, from bernen to burn or distil + wijnwine; compare German Branntwein]

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brandy
1650s, abbreviation of brandywine (1620s) from Du. brandewijn "burnt wine," so called because it is distilled (cf. Ger. 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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Example sentences for brandy
The aim of brandy is to make sure the footbag never hits the ground.
History the origins of brandy are clearly tied to the development of distillation.
This liquor, distilled only once, was called spirit of wine or brandy.
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