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 3

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The bonus he received in addition to his salary was pure gravy. order a large serving of fries with extra gravy
Recent Examples on the Web Biscuits and gravy were delicious; the biscuits were light and fresh, the gravy not peppery. Marc Bona, cleveland, "District: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 25 Jan. 2020 Wipe off the muzzle with a paper towel to remove whatever gray gravy drooled out the front end. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "How to Clean a Rifle," 17 Jan. 2020 For savory applications, use it to marinade chicken, splash it into gravy for chicken fried steak, pour it in a cold cucumber soup, or sub it in for heavy cream in mashed potatoes. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Buttermilk," 7 Jan. 2020 At the Chandler location, customers can order it in a combo (choose from one to three pieces), which includes sides, gravy and a drink. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "We tried 5 things at Jollibee Chandler. Here's your guide to the new restaurant's menu," 2 Jan. 2020 There isn’t anything light about the four different gravies on offer at Biscuit Belly. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This biscuit-based breakfast spot is taking over Louisville — and is 'worth every crumb'," 11 Dec. 2019 Pickled red onions and basil pesto go on sunny eggs draped over chicken and potato hash in tomato fennel gravy. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These are the most exciting Indianapolis restaurants opening in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 When hot, deglaze pan with wine, stirring to dissolve any caramelized juices; simmer 3 minutes. Pour gravy into pan and simmer a couple of minutes, stirring often, to blend the flavors. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Holiday beef roasts: 6 easy steps to get roast with the most," 20 Dec. 2019 When fried in a pan, a good deal of fat will render out of the marrow and this can be used to cook other food or create gravy-like sauces. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Deer Parts That Will Keep You Alive," 17 Dec. 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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The first known use of gravy was in the 14th century

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9 Feb 2020

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“Gravy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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