Definition of gravy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡreɪvi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡreɪvi//
    [uncountable] Meat, Sauces
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  1. 1 a brown sauce made by adding flour to the juices that come out of meat while it is cooking See related entries: Meat, Sauces
  2. 2(North American English, informal) something, especially money, that is obtained when you do not expect it Anything on top of eight percent profit is just gravy for the industry.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a spicy sauce): perhaps from a misreading (as gravé) of Old French grané, probably from grain ‘spice’, from Latin granum ‘grain’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gravy

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