Madeira

noun
Ma·dei·ra | \ mə-ˈdir-ə , -ˈder- \

Definition of Madeira 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an amber-colored fortified wine from Madeira also : a similar wine made elsewhere

Madeira

geographical name
Ma·dei·ra | \ mə-ˈdir-ə , -ˈder-ə \

Definition of Madeira (Entry 2 of 2)

1 river 2082 miles (3350 kilometers) long in western Brazil that is formed at the border with Bolivia by the confluence of the Mamoré and the Beni and rivers and flows northeast to the Amazon River

2 islands, two of which are inhabited, belonging to Portugal in the North Atlantic north of the Canaries; capital Funchal area 308 square miles (798 square kilometers), population 261,313

3 chief island of the Madeira Islands; noted for its wine area 285 square miles (741 square kilometers)

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Madeiran \-ˈdir-ən, -ˈder- \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of Madeira

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Madeira

Noun

Portuguese, from Madeira Islands

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