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Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
noun pl. brandies
- an alcoholic liquor distilled from wine
- a similar liquor distilled from the fermented juice of a specified fruit: cherry brandy
Origin: earlier brandywine ; from Dutch brandewijn, literally , burnt wine: so called from being distilled
transitive verb brandied, brandying
to flavor, mix, or preserve with brandy
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noun pl. bran·dies
An alcoholic liquor distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice. transitive verb bran·died
To preserve, flavor, or mix with brandy.
Origin: Short for brandy-wine, from Dutch brandewijn : brandende, present participle of branden, to burn; see gwher- in Indo-European roots + wijn, wine; see wine.