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[ahr-muh n-yak; French ar-mah-nyak] /ˌɑr mənˈyæk; French ar mɑˈnyak/
a dry brandy distilled in the district of Armagnac in SW France.
Origin of Armagnac
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They regarded every rich man as an Armagnac, for that was a good plea on which to plunder him; and thus passed the winter of 1417.

  • His very party go, not by the name of Orleans, but by the name of Armagnac.

    Familiar Studies of Men and Books Robert Louis Stevenson
  • They summoned the peasantry to bind on the white cross of Armagnac; he who refused lost arm, leg, or life itself, on the spot.

    Joan of Arc Laura E. Richards
  • Savage though he was, Armagnac was a Frenchman, and a great captain.

    Joan of Arc Laura E. Richards
  • Armagnac and Brun were waving their hats wildly, and even the Doctor's enemies roared applause at this unexpected defiance.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for Armagnac


a dry brown brandy distilled in the French district of Gers
Word Origin
from Armagnac, the former name of this region
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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