Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sweet fortified wine originally made in Greece and now produced mainly in Madeira. Also called malvasia, malvoisie.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sweet, fortified wine made in Madeira, originally from the malvasia grape.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of sweet wine from Crete, the Canary Islands, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of grape.
  • n. A wine, usually sweet, strong, and of high flavor, originally and still made in Greece, but now especially in the Canary and Madeira islands, and also in the Azores and in Spain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sweet Madeira wine

Etymologies

Middle English, ultimately from Medieval Latin malvasia, malmasia, alteration of Medieval Greek Monemvasia (Malvasia), a village of southern Greece.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Before leaving, the boats were loaded with casks of the local quaffer, which was usually a blend of several grapes: verdelho, sercial, bual, malvasia (also known as malmsey), and terrantez.

    Slate Magazine

  • Of course she knows things that every ­English schoolboy used to know, like the Duke of ­Clarence — Edward's other brother — drowning in a barrel of malmsey.

    Houses Divided

  • Meghan - I can think of worse ways to go :- Drowned in a butt of malmsey, like Richard III's brother.

    June recipe: Frittata

  • The first is while bantering with Princess: "Nay then, two treys, and if you grow so nice, Metheglin, wort, and malmsey: well run, dice!"

    Shakespeare on Games

  • And rising, and putting the tankard of malmsey to his lips, he passed it to Sir

    Westward Ho!

  • If I write it down here I might even remember - it wasn't the Duke of Malmesbury who drowned in a butt of sack, it was the Duke of Clarence who drowned in a vat of malmsey. tortipede says it so it must be true.

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  • Not to mention the Duke of Clarence in Richard III, said to have drowned in a tub of malmsey.

    Inspired Ingredients in the Kitchen, Oasis of Calm in the Dining Room

  • When it came to the bottle of malmsey he offered for dessert, I decided to test Mr. von Rock.

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  • You'd drown her in a malmsey bucket and laugh while you did it.

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  • I'll tell ye that story whilst sharing a split of malmsey with ye at the cantina in Sonora Town.

    Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Tuesday

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