gravy

noun
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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Synonyms for gravy

Synonyms

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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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 Along the parade route, employees of C.H. Guenther & Son, one of the city’s oldest businesses and whose Pioneer Flour Mills plant is a King William neighbor, passed out packets of Pioneer gravy and pancake mix from its parade entry. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "King William Fair is a family neighborhood affair," 28 Apr. 2018 All leftovers taste better with the support of warm gravy. Stephanie Wu, Town & Country, "How to: Thanksgiving Leftover Tips from Culinary Stars," 16 Nov. 2015 Of course, the entire shebang must be covered with turkey gravy. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Turkey Sandwiches For All Those Thanksgiving Leftovers," 23 Nov. 2018 Water Street Brewery adds homemade stuffing to the meat mixture and slathers the entire thing with WSB Amber beer gravy and Wisconsin cranberry sauce. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sporkies 2018 finalists highlight everything fried, delicious and totally weird at the Wisconsin State Fair," 18 June 2018 Five varieties of schnitzel are offered on the menu and patrons have commented that the Jägerschnitzel, topped with a mushroom gravy, is better here than in Germany. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 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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gravy

noun

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

gravy

noun
gra·​vy | \ ˈgrā-vē \
plural gravies

Kids Definition of gravy

: a sauce made from the juice of cooked meat

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