flavored, soaked in, or treated with brandy.

Origin of brandied

First recorded in 1825–35; brandy + -ed3
Related formsun·bran·died, adjective



noun, plural bran·dies.

a spirit distilled from wine or from the fermented juice of grapes or of apples, peaches, plums, etc.

verb (used with object), bran·died, bran·dy·ing.

to mix, flavor, or preserve with brandy.

Origin of brandy

1615–25; short for brandywine < Dutch brandewijn burnt (i.e., distilled) wine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brandied

Contemporary Examples of brandied

  • Carefully strain the cocktail into the prepared glass and garnish with the brandied cherry.

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    Celeb Chefs' Holiday Cocktails

    Jacquelynn D. Powers

    November 19, 2010

Historical Examples of brandied

  • A spark could ignite it and set the globe on fire like it was a brandied Christmas pudding.

    Operation Earthworm

    Joe Archibald

  • Put in glasses and when cold cover with brandied paper and seal.

    The Golden Age Cook Book

    Henrietta Latham Dwight

  • "We had brandied peaches last Sunday night," said the landlady, indignantly.

    The Idiot

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • Bring me some brandied marrons, a large bottle of rose oil and a stick of lip rouge from Celeste's.

    Blue-grass and Broadway

    Maria Thompson Daviess

  • Janet was sitting motionless and embarrassed before the tea-table, waiting for the tea to become of brandied strength.

    Moth and Rust

    Mary Cholmondeley

British Dictionary definitions for brandied


noun plural -dies

an alcoholic drink consisting of spirit distilled from grape wine
a distillation of wines made from other fruitsplum brandy

Word Origin for brandy

C17: from earlier brandewine, from Dutch brandewijn burnt wine, from bernen to burn or distil + wijn wine; compare German Branntwein
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Word Origin and History for brandied



1650s, abbreviation of brandywine (1620s) from Dutch brandewijn "burnt wine," so called because it is distilled (cf. German 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.

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