gra·​vy | \ˈgrā-vē \
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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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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The cafe specializes in breakfast and lunch, including egg dishes, biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos, wraps, sandwiches, soups and salads. Laura Groch,, "New brewery tasting room, dental treatment facility," 21 June 2018 Hubcap's biggest-selling specialty burgers are the Hubcap Decker double cheeseburger, the Greek Burger, the Philly Cheese Steak Burger, and the Hangover Burger which comes with country cream gravy as a topping. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Hubcap Grill's new Seabrook location edges closer to opening," 18 June 2018 Whatever the rest of the fall would bring was gravy. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Buck killed in Waukesha County sets record and is fourth largest ever in Wisconsin," 17 Jan. 2018 Price range: Weekend breakfast items include skillets for $8 and $9, eggs and omelets from $6-$9, breakfast pizza for $17 and $23, biscuit and gravy for $6.50 and breakfast sliders for $8. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Lake County News-Sun, "Get giant mozzerella sticks at Sweet Melissa's," 3 July 2018 Biscuits are perfect for rounding up loose pieces of rice and gravy. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Difference Between Soul Food and Southern Cuisine, Explained," 12 Apr. 2018 In Ohio, people want to know how to cook sausage gravy. Sarah Brookbank,, "The most searched for recipes in Ohio and Kentucky are not what you think," 3 July 2018 Zimmern chowed down on biscuits and gravy with four road maintenance workers at Sportsman's Hall, California's only Pony Express home station and one of the few Gold Rush-era restaurants still operating in California. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Pony Express-themed "Bizarre Foods" episode takes celebrity chef into Sacramento," 2 July 2018 The menu is extensive and varied, and many of the proteins feature some sort of gravy or sauce that lends itself to paring with the rice. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Where to try Hawaiian plate lunches on the mainland," 28 June 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

: something valuable or pleasing that is more than what is earned or expected


gra·​vy | \ˈgrā-vē \
plural gravies

Kids Definition of gravy

: a sauce made from the juice of cooked meat

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