Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A pale, very dry sherry from Spain.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Sherry of unusually dry and light character; specifically, a sherry produced in the district of San Lucar de Barrameda in Spain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Olive Trade) A kind of small roundish olive with a small freestone pit, a fine skin, and a peculiar bitterish flavor. Manzanillas are commonly pitted and stuffed with Spanish pimientos.
  • noun A very dry pale sherry from Spain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A pale, dry fino sherry

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

  • noun very dry pale sherry from Spain

Etymologies

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

[Spanish, probably from manzanilla, chamomile (because the aroma of the sherry was thought to resemble chamomile), from Old Spanish mançanilla , diminutive of mançana , apple, alteration of earlier maçana, from Latin (māla) Mattiāna, variant of (māla) Matiāna, (apples) of Matius, possibly after Gaius Matius, Calvena (fl. first century BC), Roman author of a work on gastronomy.]

Examples

  • The fruit is called a manzanilla, not to be confused with a manzana (apple), or manzanita (little apple).

    How Did Manzanillo Get Its Name?

  • The fruit is called a manzanilla, not to be confused with a manzana (apple), or manzanita (little apple).

    How Did Manzanillo Get Its Name?

  • It is made in the Jerez region in southern Spain and comes in four main styles of increasing sweetness and heaviness: fino (also called manzanilla), palo cortado, amontillado, and oloroso.

    Molly Laas: Enjoying Sherry

  • In the new study, Atsushi Kato and colleagues point out that chamomile, also known as manzanilla, has been used for years as a medicinal cure-all to treat a variety of medical problems including stress, colds, and menstrual cramps.

    Diabetes News from dLife.com

  • In the new study, Atsushi Kato and colleagues point out that chamomile, also known as manzanilla, has been used for years as a medicinal cure-all to treat a variety of medical problems including stress, colds, and menstrual cramps.

    Health News from Medical News Today

  • In the new study, Atsushi Kato and colleagues point out that chamomile, also known as manzanilla, has been used for years as a medicinal cure-all to treat a variety of medical problems including stress, colds, and menstrual cramps.

    Health News from Medical News Today

  • Recently we discovered Spanish olives stuffed with anchovies and we partnered them with our fave sherry La Gitana, a manzanilla, meaning it's on the dry side.

    At My Table

  • Recently we discovered Spanish olives stuffed with anchovies and we partnered them with our fave sherry La Gitana, a manzanilla, meaning it's on the dry side.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • To give but one example: the La Gitana manzanilla sherry makes for a refreshing aperitif and if you poke around, you can find it in NYC for $9.99.

    When small wine shops are great–and when they disappoint | Dr Vino's wine blog

  • Otherwise, it's time to explore the wide world of herb tea, and fortunately Mexico has some great ones, including hierabuena (spearmint) and manzanilla (chamomile).

    Buying and brewing good coffee in Mexico

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  • I thought it was an olive...

    July 2, 2008

  • Yes, it's also an olive, apparently.

    July 2, 2008