gra·​vy | \ ˈgrā-vē How to pronounce gravy (audio) \
plural gravies

Definition of gravy

1 : a sauce made from the thickened and seasoned juices of cooked meat
2a : something additional or unexpected that is pleasing or valuable with expenses now paid, future money is pure gravy— K. Crossen
b : unearned or illicit gain : graft entry 5

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Synonyms for gravy


dressing, sauce

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Examples of gravy in a Sentence

The bonus he received in addition to his salary was pure gravy. order a large serving of fries with extra gravy

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Whisk flour-water mixture into pan juices and bring to a boil until gravy thickens, whisking frequently. Claire Perez,, "Make-ahead beef brisket makes holiday prep easier," 13 Sep. 2019 The breakfast also includes French toast, pancakes, biscuits, home fries, sausage and chipped beef gravies. Sharina Taveras Lopez,, "South Carroll: Integrace Fairhaven hosting Treasure Shop; bestselling romance authors coming to town," 11 Sep. 2019 Thomas said the top-sellers so far have been the salmon with rice, the organic kibble and gravy and the peanut butter with bacon. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gourmet dog diner opens on Carlsbad restaurant’s patio," 5 Sep. 2019 Oxtails are cooked for five hours in coconut oil and fresh herbs after marinating in paprika and recado, rendering the tough cuts into slightly sticky, strikingly tender hunks of beef in a pool of natural gravy and red beans. Hadley Tomicki,, "Mother-daughter duo cook side-by-side at Belizean pop-up No Reservation L.A.," 12 July 2019 Fried chicken, collard greens and rice and gravy are staples, with other meats, vegetables and desserts changing daily. Michelle Matthews |,, "How Martha Hawkins got a second chance at life -- and opened one of Montgomery’s most popular restaurants," 25 June 2019 Ever had to trudge through a thick and leaden version of biscuits and gravy? Adam Lukach,, "Craving: Brunch — from hash to waffles, sweet to savory, bloodys to mimosas," 3 Sep. 2019 Remove the meatballs from the pan and make a flour gravy from the drippings. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Dinner is as advertised," 7 Aug. 2019 For one of the penultimate production days, the catering team provided a Christmas-type lunch with turkey, stuffing, roast vegetables and pigs in blankets with gravy. Hilary Fox, Twin Cities, "Snow inside, but hot outside as casts work on holiday shows," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of gravy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gravy

Middle English gravey, from Anglo-French gravé broth, stew

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English Language Learners Definition of gravy

: a sauce made from the juices of cooked meat
chiefly US, informal : something valuable or pleasing that is more than what is earned or expected


gra·​vy | \ ˈgrā-vē How to pronounce gravy (audio) \
plural gravies

Kids Definition of gravy

: a sauce made from the juice of cooked meat

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