sher·​ry | \ ˈsher-ē How to pronounce sherry (audio) \
plural sherries

Definition of sherry

: a Spanish fortified wine with a distinctive nutty flavor also : a similar wine produced elsewhere

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Pour the mixture into a heavy saucepan with the rest of the stock and wine, the salt, the ground black pepper, and the sherry. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Alex Hitz's Roast Leg of Lamb and Mashed Peas," 5 Mar. 2013 Certain ingredients like sherry and celery bitters complement the oysters’ natural umami-like qualities, Rainey said. Wesley Case,, "Dylan's Oyster Cellar makes good on promise shown years ago," 10 May 2018 This unique 5-year-aged bottling all comes from one sherry cask. Dan Q. Dao, GQ, "Japanese Whisky: A Guide for the Thirsty and Curious," 2 Apr. 2018 In Norway, where the domestic market is robust, aquavits are a premium liquor, traditionally aged in sherry casks and enjoyed after dinner like a Cognac or Scotch. Jason Wilson, New York Times, "Jump-Starting the Aquavit Renaissance," 13 Mar. 2018 Herlihy poured a wee bit of Tullamore D.E.W. that’s been aged for at least 12 years in a sherry cask. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Green-beer-free-zone: Pairing Irish whiskey and a pint of local brew for St. Patrick's Day," 28 Feb. 2018 That included local organic saddle of lamb with asparagus and Jersey Royal potatoes, and a dessert trio that celebrated that most British of puddings, sherry trifle. Sheryl Julian,, "Say ‘I do’ to some classic British recipes," 17 May 2018 Add the chicken stock and sherry, bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 2 minutes, until the mixture is slightly thickened. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What’s on the Menu at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Dinner? Chicken Pot Pie, of Course," 6 Nov. 2018 Try a sherry cobbler or a New York sour—classics for a reason—or inquire about a favorite. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sherry

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sherry

alteration of earlier sherris (taken as plural), from Xeres (now Jerez), Spain

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The first known use of sherry was in 1584

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English Language Learners Definition of sherry

: a type of strong wine with a nutty flavor that is made especially in Spain

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