Cognac



[kohn-yak, kon-; French kaw-nyak] /ˈkoʊn yæk, ˈkɒn-; French kɔˈnyak/

noun
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.
3.
any good brandy.
/ˈkɒnjæk; French kɔɲak/
noun
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
n.

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.

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