- (often initial capital letter) the brandy distilled in and shipped from the legally delimited area surrounding the town of Cognac, in W central France.
- any French brandy.
- any good brandy.
Origin of cognac
Examples from the Web for cognac
From cognac to bourbon, rye to añejo tequila, many of our beloved spirits spend years aging in wooden casks.How Much Do Whisky Casks Really Affect Taste?
December 10, 2014
The cognac, an effort by the Georgian vintners to replicate the traditional French liquor, is valued at $1400 for a single bottle.Meditation Rugs, Swords, and Horse Head Fiddles: The Strangest Gifts Given to Government Bigwigs
November 11, 2014
He also smokes copious amounts of weed mooched off his friends and makes miracles by turning water into cognac.‘Black Jesus’ Resurrected: Racial Stereotypes or Subversive Comedy?
August 8, 2014
He replied, “Oh, I had six bottles of wine and three bottles of cognac.”Rob Reiner on the State of Romcoms, ‘The Princess Bride’s’ Alternate Ending, and the Red Viper
July 27, 2014
Snoop has come prepared with a bottle of cognac shaped like a curvy lady.2 Chainz, Snoop Lion, and More Rappers in the Kitchen
August 12, 2013
She said, however, that the cognac was flattered, and took up her knitting.A Tale of Two Cities
There's many such a fortune been made out of Mechlin and Cognac.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Then he went to take a little glass of cognac which stood on the mantelpiece.Fruitfulness
He took one cognac after another and every evening he was completely intoxicated.Psychotherapy
Besides which—after all a gentleman must have his cognac, and his lady her tea and silks.Red Cap Tales
Samuel Rutherford Crockett
- a town in SW France: centre of the district famed for its brandy. Pop: 19 534 (1999)
- (sometimes not capital) a high-quality grape brandy
Word Origin and History for cognac
1590s, Coniacke, "wine produced in Cognac," the region in western France. The sense of "brandy" is 1755, shortened from 17c. cognac brandy, which was distilled from cognac wine. The place name is from Medieval Latin Comniacum, from the personal name Cominius and the Gallo-Roman suffix -acum.