from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as sherry.

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

  • noun obsolete Sherry.

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  • noun Obsolete form of sherry.


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  • The Lorelei is my sherris ; Ibibio shall not want.

    23rd Psaltery

  • Hereof comes it that Prince Harry is valiant; for the cold blood he did naturally inherit of his father, he hath, like lean, sterile and bare land, manured, husbanded and tilled with excellent endeavour of drinking good and good store of fertile sherris, that he is become very hot and valiant.

    The second part of King Henry the Fourth

  • A good sherris sack hath a two-fold operation in it.

    The second part of King Henry the Fourth

  • Many of the games and ceremonials of Christmas have entirely disappeared, and, like the sherris sack of old Falstaff, are become matters of speculation and dispute among commentators.

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

  • He was dressed formally: high-collared, open-necked shirt of sherris-silk, stiff with silver embroidery at the cuffs and neck-band; white velvet, square-necked tunic banded with silver bullion at hem and neck, skintight sherris-silk leggings and equally tight silver-encrusted boots to display his fine legs to best advantage.

    The Elvenbane

  • And then, why, I've a few bottles of Geldino's sherris that -- that I'll not open save on the rarest occasion.

    Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905

  • She touched his shoulder lightly and added: "If my father calls for wine, later -- later, mind you, we'll have the sherris, Geldino's own."

    Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905

  • And in Geldino's sherris, opened by Marmaduke Bass, Lindley only repeated a former toast, offered in the same place; for, with laughing eyes on Judith's, he said:

    Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905

  • Falstaff calls it _sherris sack_, and also _sherris_ only, using in fact both names indiscriminately

    Notes and Queries, Number 236, May 6, 1854 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc

  • Twill tell thee -- the cavaliers drink lustily, and of claret and sherris with spice, whereas, it is true, the elect chiefly do affect ale.



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  • "A good sherris-sack hath a twofold operation in it. It ascends me into the brain, dries me there all the foolish and dull and crudy vapors which environ it, makes it apprehensive, quick, forgetive, full of nimble, fiery, and delectable shapes, which, delivered o'er to the voice, the tongue, which is the birth, becomes excellent wit. The second property of your excellent sherris is the warming of the blood, which, before cold and settled, left the liver white and pale, which is the badge of pusillanimity and cowardice. But the sherris warms it and makes it course from the inwards to the parts extremes."

    - William Shakespeare, 'Henry IV'.

    March 3, 2009

  • Nice. This makes me wonder if sherry is a back-formation (from sherris, from vino de Jerez Xeres'>Xeres).

    March 3, 2009