Definition of malmsey
: the sweetest variety of Madeira wine
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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.
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Origin and Etymology of malmsey
Middle English malmesey, from Medieval Latin Malmasia Monemvasia, village in Greece where a sweet wine was produced
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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