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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Everything costs less than $10, and some things, such as a loco moco (a local favorite that consists of a hamburger patty, fried egg, rice and gravy) or bento box costs only $4. Rosemary Mcclure,, "In Kauai, where to eat for cheap: 20 places to chow down for $20," 15 Apr. 2018 Better yet, the dish is so universally beloved that even the province’s best chefs will give their own spin on the classic, switching it up with everything from sweet potatoes to wild mushroom gravy, truffles, and foie gras. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 Discard skin, dice meat and add to gravy, or save for another use Strain broth into a large pot, pressing vegetables to extract as much liquid as possible. Nancy L., Woman's Day, "Foolproof Make-Ahead Gravy," 17 Nov. 2011 The hospitality is thicker than the gravy, and the menu is traditional comfort food (with a few tweaks), although there are a few more dinner entrees — Richmaid is one of the few diners open until 7 or 8 p.m. six nights a week. Spud Hilton, San Francisco Chronicle, "Five great Lodi diners serve up eggs, hash and nostalgia," 27 Mar. 2018 One key: Shakshouka's tomato gravy should not be runny, Shaya said. Judy Walker,, "Shakshouka for Lent? Israeli dish of eggs and tomatoes is perfect any time," 2 Mar. 2018 Growing up in Richmond, Virginia, Kinnaird and her family regularly feasted on Southern favorites like homemade fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, yeast rolls, and sugary desserts. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "The Simple Diet Change That Helped One Woman Get Her Diabetes Under Control," 15 Oct. 2018 Matzo ball soup is more like a bowl of gravy or poultry demi-glace with Fresno peppers and parsley adorning the smoked thigh meat that hangs out among the kneidlach. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Frunchroom is the Jewish-Italian deli you didn’t know you needed in your life," 7 June 2018 The hardboiled egg is topped with a dollop of egg salad that consists of a complex mixture of shrimp gravy, chicharron, smoked fish, annatto, fish sauce, and calamansi, a sweet and tangy citrus fruit. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Magazine, "What to Expect at Ma’am Sir, Silver Lake’s Newest Filipino Restaurant and Bar," 31 May 2018

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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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