sherry

noun

sher·​ry ˈsher-ē How to pronounce sherry (audio)
plural sherries
: a Spanish fortified wine with a distinctive nutty flavor
also : a similar wine produced elsewhere

Examples of sherry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Substitute fish sauce for the sherry vinegar (same amount). Julia Turshen, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 As soon as the kale wilts slightly and turns brighter green, remove from the heat and toss with a dash of sherry vinegar. Laura McLively, The Mercury News, 23 Jan. 2024 The bar, since closed, was highly focused on sherry. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023 The core Yellow Spot expression is matured for 12 years in three different types of barrels—bourbon, sherry, and malaga—before being bottled at 46 percent ABV. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 17 Jan. 2024 Simply place a heaping scoop of vanilla bean ice cream into a bowl, then top generously with aged Pedro Ximenez sherry. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 28 Nov. 2023 Allow the fruit, spices, liqueur, sherry and wine to simmer for up to 12 to 15 minutes. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 The other liquid in the blend includes whisky finished for a year and a half in French oak wine barrels and virgin casks, and whisky aged in a three different types of sherry casks: Pedro Ximenez, cream, and amontillado. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 27 Dec. 2023 Refrigerate both the mussels and the sherry mayo overnight. Make the lemon-mustard crema for the sardines; refrigerate overnight. Jim Webster, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1584, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sherry was in 1584

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Cite this Entry

“Sherry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sherry. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

sherry

noun
sher·​ry ˈsher-ē How to pronounce sherry (audio)
plural sherries
: a wine with a nutty flavor
Etymology

named for Xeres (now spelled Jerez), a city in Spain where the wine was originally made

Word Origin
It is common to name wines after the part of a country where they are made. The wine called sherry today was first made in a town originally called, in Spanish, Xeres. The English approximation of the Spanish pronunciation was \ˈsher-ēz\, spelled sherris. After a time, people thought that sherris was a plural and so made a singular form, sherry, by cutting off the supposed plural ending. The \sh\ sound symbolized by x in Spanish (later by j) changed to a \ḵ\ or \h\, so that the modern Spanish pronunciation of Jerez is even less like English sherry.

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