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derived from Dutch brandewijn—"burnt wine"
popular version today be
Cognac that comes from the Cognac region in France
see wine refs at
Coniac, imported in Elizabethan times.
see other references to wine , burnt and other comments on imbibing.
whether Cognac be the same or be burnt wine is up for verification.
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[The orig. form brandwine, brandewine is a. Du. brandewijn ‘burnt’ (i.e. distilled) wine. In familiar use abbreviated as brandy as early as 1657;
but the fuller form was retained in official use (customs tariffs, acts of parliament, etc.) down to the end of 17th c., being latterly, as the spelling shows, regarded as a compound of brandy + wine.]
1. a. Properly an ardent spirit distilled from wine or grapes; but the name is also applied to spirits of similar flavour and appearance, obtained from other materials.
1622 FLETCHER Beggar's Bush III. i, Buy any brand-wine, buy any brand-wine?
c1650 Roxb. Ballads (1886) VI. 320 It is more fine than Brandewine, The Butterboxes' Poison.
1652 Proc. Parliament No. 153. 2391 Laden with Woolls, Brandy Wine and Salt.
1697 View Penal Laws 173 No Aqua-Vitæ or Brandy-Wine shall be imported into England.
1657 S. COLVIL Whigs Supplic. (1751) Introd. 5 The late Dutch war..occasioned the bringing in of such superfluity of brandy. 1663 HICKERINGILL Jamaica 78 Of your Wine and Brandee, you'le be free. 1790
b. A drink of brandy. Similarly brandy-and soda (cf. B. and S. s.v. B. III.)
1. A bottle (for) containing brandy; also fig.
1676 G. ETHEREGE Man of Mode I. i. (1684) 3 Go, you are an insignificant Brandy Bottle. 1765 TUCKER Lt. of Nat. II. 179 Putting his mouth to the brandy bottle.
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