plural amontillados
: a medium dry sherry

Examples of amontillado in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the vast majority of sherry is dry — think briny, tapas-friendly fino and amontillado — there’s plenty to discover on the sweet end of the spectrum. Ellen Bhang,, 11 Jan. 2022 Everyone waits in the parlor, sipping glasses of amontillado. Stephen O’Connor, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 Manzanilla or fino makes an ideal start, while heartier amontillado, palo cortado or oloroso sherries meld seamlessly with umami-rich dishes, such as soups (ramen), stews and anything with mushrooms. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2020 Dry sherries vary from crisp, saline fino and manzanilla to fruity amontillado and rich palo cortado and oloroso. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2020 Sherry lovers will know that a fine amontillado would also be a great choice. Melissa Clark,, 9 May 2017

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Word History


Spanish, literally, done in the manner of Montilla, town in Andalusia

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amontillado was in 1822

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Cite this Entry

“Amontillado.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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amon·​til·​la·​do ə-ˌmän-tə-ˈläd-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce amontillado (audio)
plural amontillados
: a medium dry sherry
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