1930s: from Dutch, literally 'advocate' (being originally considered a lawyer's drink).
This word for a liqueur made of eggs, sugar, and brandy, is an adoption of the Dutch word for ‘advocate’: it was originally considered ‘a lawyer's drink’, and this was the meaning of the full form in Dutch: advocatenborrel. Advocate (Middle English) comes from Latin advocare ‘to call to one's aid’.
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