Definition of eau-de-vie in English:


Syllabification: eau-de-vie
Pronunciation: /ˌō də ˈvē

noun (plural eaux-de-vie pronunc. same)

  • Brandy.
    More example sentences
    • There are half a dozen different eaux de vie, grappas, Calvados, Armagnacs, as well as a comprehensive beer and wine list.
    • And even there we were treated to a new drinking experience - prune cocktail, prepared using prune eau de vie, sparkling wine and a single prune sitting and fizzing away at the bottom of the glass.
    • Keep warm and add the plum eau de vie just before serving.


mid 18th century: from French eau-de-vie, literally 'water of life'.

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