eau de vie

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n eau de vie strong coarse brandy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Eau de vie French name for brandy. Cf. Aqua vitæ, under Aqua.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Eau de vie brandy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., water of life; eau,L. aqua,) water + de, of + vie,L. vita,) life

Usage

In literature:

She seems to have taken to drink, for her thefts are mostly of wine and eau de vie.
"She Stands Accused" by Victor MacClure
Heard you ever, sir, of that eau de vie which the Scots call usquebagh?
"The Moon Endureth--Tales and Fancies" by John Buchan
After each repast he took a glass of eau-de-vie.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
So I gave him a little more eau-de-vie, and he took it most submissively.
"Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor" by R. D. Blackmore
Besides, among seamen, Eau always means brandy; and Eau-de-vie, brandy of a high proof.
"The Pathfinder" by James Fenimore Cooper
Hast thou no eau de vie in that little cupboard?
"Zanoni" by Edward Bulwer Lytton
It's eau de vie des prunes.
"A Hilltop on the Marne" by Mildred Aldrich
Among the four Frenchmen who compose the post, I found only on my arrival one convict, opposite a quart of eau-de-vie.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
On the small stand by her bed stood two tumblers, one containing the medicinal "eau de vie," and the other was half full of vinegar.
"The Cross and the Shamrock" by Hugh Quigley
I am sick of this job, and shall need a bottle of eau de vie to put me straight again.
"The Cornet of Horse" by G. A. Henty
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In poetry:

To Amsterdam and its Commodore,
I over his pipe and his eau-de-vie,
A flibote skimming the Texel shore
Brought serious news for the Zuyder Zee:
"A Business Transaction" by James Jeffrey Roche

In news:

Since it can be made from many different fruits, eau-de-vie offers endless possibilities.
Of those, hardly any produced spirits like eau de vie.
1 ounce Clear Creek Eau de Vie de Pomme apple brandy (2 tablespoons).
For centuries, eau de vie has been sipped and savored as a digestif.
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