noun, often capitalized
malm·​sey | \ ˈmäm-zē How to pronounce malmsey (audio) , ˈmälm- How to pronounce malmsey (audio) \

Definition of malmsey

: the sweetest variety of Madeira wine

Examples of malmsey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cheap Madeira is generally made out of a blend of grapes, but the best bottles tend to come from four principal grapes in ascending order from driest to sweetest: sercial, verdelho, bual and malmsey, which is better known elsewhere as malvasia. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Your Next Lesson: Madeira," 22 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of malmsey

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for malmsey

Middle English malmesey, from Medieval Latin Malmasia Monemvasia, village in Greece where a sweet wine was produced

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“Malmsey.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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