mar·​sa·​la mär-ˈsä-lə How to pronounce marsala (audio)
often capitalized
: a fortified Sicilian wine that varies from dry to sweet and is often used in cooking

Examples of marsala in a Sentence

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Word History


Marsala, town in Sicily

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of marsala was in 1806

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“Marsala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Mar·​sa·​la mär-ˈsä-lä How to pronounce Marsala (audio)
city and port on the Mediterranean Sea south of Trapani on the western coast of Sicily, Italy population 80,818

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