olo·​ro·​so ˌō-lə-ˈrō-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce oloroso (audio)
plural olorosos
: a dry full-bodied Spanish sherry

Examples of oloroso in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first whisky is a 26-year-old single malt distilled in 1996, matured in bourbon barrels, and finished in a 2002 vintage oloroso sherry cask from Gonzales Byass. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 4 Oct. 2023 This full-bodied, creamy expression is produced one batch at a time and matured exclusively in first-fill oloroso sherry casks. Dan Dunn, Robb Report, 12 Jan. 2021 This fourth one is matured in a combination of oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry as well as red wine casks. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Dry sherries vary from crisp, saline fino and manzanilla to fruity amontillado and rich palo cortado and oloroso. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2020 Another type of sherry, oloroso, ages in barrels without flor, in an oxidative environment. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 31 Dec. 2015

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Word History


Spanish, from oloroso fragrant, from olor odor, from Latin, from olēre to smell — more at odor

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oloroso was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

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

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