malmsey

noun

malm·​sey ˈmäm-zē How to pronounce malmsey (audio) ˈmälm- How to pronounce malmsey (audio)
often capitalized
: 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, 22 Dec. 2016

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of malmsey was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Malmsey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malmsey. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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