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



    BrE BrE//ˈʃeri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeri//
    (pl. sherries)
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a strong yellow or brown wine, originally from southern Spain. It is often drunk before meals. sweet/dry sherry cream sherry (= a type of very sweet sherry) fine quality sherries a sherry glass (= a type of small narrow wine glass)
  2. 2[countable] a glass of sherry I'll have a sherry.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: alteration of archaic sherris, interpreted as plural, from Spanish (vino de) Xeres ‘Xeres (wine)’ (Xeres being the former name of Jerez, a town in Andalusia, Spain).
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