Definition of eau de vie in English:

eau de vie

nounPlural eaux de vie

mass noun
  • Brandy.

    ‘the cheese is marinated in eau de vie’
    • ‘Keep warm and add the plum eau de vie just before serving.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are half a dozen different eaux de vie, grappas, Calvados, Armagnacs, as well as a comprehensive beer and wine list.’
    • ‘One is spoilt for choice with cognacs such as Armagnac and Calvados, as well as various eaux de vie to digest a hearty meal.’
    • ‘Piercing whiffs of eau de vie de Poire William and smoked almonds hide none of the intoxicating spiciness on the palate before thankfully taking on more pleasant flavours of oaked tropical fruits and another rush of spice.’


From French eau-de-vie, literally ‘water of life’.


eau de vie

/əʊ də ˈviː/