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brandy alexander

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noun
  1. See under alexander.

alexander

[al-ig-zan-der, -zahn-]
noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. a cocktail made with crème de cacao with gin or brandy (brandy alexander) and sweet cream.

Origin of alexander

First recorded in 1925–30; probably after the proper name
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British Dictionary definitions for brandy alexander

Alexander

noun
  1. Harold (Rupert Leofric George), Earl Alexander of Tunis. 1891–1969, British field marshal in World War II, who organized the retreat from Dunkirk and commanded in North Africa (1943) and Sicily and Italy (1944–45); governor general of Canada (1946–52); British minister of defence (1952–54)
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Word Origin and History for brandy alexander

Alexander

masc. proper name, from Latin, from Greek Alexandros "defender of men," from alexein "to ward off, keep off, turn (something) away, defend, protect" + aner (genitive andros) "man" (see anthropo-). The first element is related to Greek alke "protection, help, strength, power, courage," alkimos "strong;" cognate with Sanskrit raksati "protects," Old English ealgian "to defend." As a kind of cocktail, it is attested from 1930.

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