Definition of


  1. (noun, food) distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice

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Origin of the word Brandy

  1. 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. more

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