One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A trademark for: a kind of French vermouth; a drink of this.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Hatch, Mansfield Price List. From the name of Joseph Noilly and Louis Noilly + the name of Claudius Prat, 19th-cent. French vermouth manufacturers.
Noilly Prat/ˌnɔɪlɪ ˈprat//ˈnwajɪ ˌpra/
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