ca·​va ˈkä-və How to pronounce cava (audio)
variants or Cava
plural cavas or Cavas
: a sparkling wine produced in Catalonia
Offer one bubbly, be it Cava, Champagne or Prosecco …Mike DeSimone et al.
Spanish cava makers are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the bubbly this year …Al Goodman

Examples of cava in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prosecco, cava, or any other dry, sparkling white wine will taste just as delicious. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 7 Aug. 2023 Remove the lid and add 6 ounces of Aperol, 2 ounces of sparkling wine (prosecco, cava, Champagne, or pét-nat; take your pick), 2 ounces club soda, the juice from half to one orange, and 2 cups of ice. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Aug. 2023 Other sparkling wines like cava, crémant and sparkling riesling would be delicious, too. New York Times, 21 July 2022 Your Peach includes gin, passionfruit liqueur, peach, mint and cava. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 June 2023 This brut and a sibling rosé that costs just a dollar more demonstrate why Spain’s cava is my first choice for bargain sparklers. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2023 Plain cava must be aged on its lees for at least nine months, cava reserva for at least 15 months and gran reserva for at least 30 months. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2022 My favorite cava producers include 1+1=3, Biutiful, Juve & Camps and Navaran. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2022 Made in a cava style in the Penedès region of Spain, this is fruit-forward without being too sweet. Jeanne O'Brien Coffey, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Catalan, short for vi de cava, literally, "wine from (a) cave" (referring to the vaults where the wine was stored for secondary fermentation)

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cava was in 1978

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Cite this Entry

“Cava.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
caval adjective


2 of 2

plural of cavum

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