[ kohn-yak, kon-; French kaw-nyak ]
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  1. (often initial capital letter) the brandy distilled in and shipped from the legally delimited area surrounding the town of Cognac, in W central France.

  2. any French brandy.

  1. any good brandy.

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Origin of cognac

Borrowed into English from French around 1585–95

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British Dictionary definitions for Cognac


/ (ˈkɒnjæk, French kɔɲak) /

  1. a town in SW France: centre of the district famed for its brandy. Pop: 19 534 (1999)

  2. (sometimes not capital) a high-quality grape brandy

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