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 On Wednesday, the nonprofit’s usual two-meal delivery was augmented by a third holiday meal, provided by H-E-B, of turkey with stuffing and gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner roll, milk and dessert. Brian Chasnoff,, "H-E-B helps deliver holiday meals," 23 Dec. 2020 Spoon and Stable Chef/owner Gavin Kaysen and his team will be preparing beef Wellington, served with mashed potatoes, gravy, glazed carrots, roasted broccoli and Parker House dinner rolls ($195 serves two to three, $375 serves four to six). Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "These Twin Cities restaurants are offering Christmas takeout meals," 7 Dec. 2020 Then, generously ladle more gravy over the sandwich. Washington Post, "This New Orleans-style Thanksgiving po’ boy is the answer to all your holiday leftovers," 17 Nov. 2020 Weeden agrees, confirming that her household never has excess gravy. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Tips for Scaling Down Your Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes," 16 Nov. 2020 The feast requires seven kitchens, 250 pounds of turkey, 60 gallons of gravy and cranberry compote, 300 pounds of cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and green beans, 800 dinner rolls and 72 apple and pumpkin pies. Kate Santich,, "Disney turns fountains’ coins into Thanksgiving treasure for homeless coalition," 26 Nov. 2020 It’s one of the city’s classic Creole-Italian spots, where red gravy and seafood gumbo share the menu with shrimp remoulade and seafood lasagna. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, "Liuzza’s Restaurant & Bar, classic Creole-Italian restaurant in New Orleans, up for sale," 24 Nov. 2020 Boy, below, which piles cornbread dressing, gravy and cranberry sauce with the meat onto soft bread. Washington Post, "How to make the most of Thanksgiving leftovers," 24 Nov. 2020 Sides, bread, gravy and pies are also available a la carte. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Dozens of restaurants are offering Thanksgiving meals to-go," 21 Nov. 2020

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Gravy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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