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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The meal will consist of roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, rolls and butter, beverages and homemade chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream. Hartford Courant, 6 May 2022 Enjoy fried taters, biscuits 'n' gravy, country ham, mustard greens and plenty more good ol' down-home cooking. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 6 May 2022 Breakfast is made; Mom makes biscuits and gravy and eggs. Jen Juneau,, 14 Feb. 2022 There is a cheap way of invoking the American South—common to country songs and television shows and pulpy novels—that involves setting the scene with cornfields or battlefields and setting the table with gravy and grits. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 12 Jan. 2022 Dinner includes a 12- 14-pound Plainville Farms All-Natural whole turkey, 2.5 pounds of mashed potatoes, 2 pounds of homestyle stuffing, 24 ounces ofPlainville Farms turkey gravy and 12 dinner rolls. Brenda Cain, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2021 On my visit last week, the biscuits were fluffy and properly draped with both gravy and pickled Fresno chilies, while the tocino and eggs came with a pleasant side of tomato-onion kamatis salad dressed in fish sauce. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 8 Oct. 2021 Disco fries are your run-of-the-mill crinkle-cut fries smothered in gravy and cheese — gobs of mozzarella or, even better, barely melted squares of American. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 23 July 2021 There is no doubt that the flavor of grits and gravy — Blakey’s hard bop earthiness — radiates from Green’s propulsive playing. Bo Emerson, ajc, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Gravy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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