Definitions

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

  • noun A fortified Spanish wine ranging from very dry to sweet and from amber to brown.
  • noun A similar wine made elsewhere.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Originally, the wine of Xeres; hence; a general name for the strong white wines of the south of Spain, of all qualities except the lowest.
  • noun A small wine-glass of the size and form commonly used for sherry and similar wines.

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

  • noun A Spanish light-colored dry wine, made in Andalusia. As prepared for commerce it is colored a straw color or a deep amber by mixing with it cheap wine boiled down.
  • noun a beverage prepared with sherry wine, water, lemon or orange, sugar, ice, etc., and usually imbided through a straw or a glass tube.

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

  • noun uncountable A fortified wine produced in Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, or a similar wine produced elsewhere.
  • noun A variety of sherry.
  • noun A glass of sherry.

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

  • noun dry to sweet amber wine from the Jerez region of southern Spain or similar wines produced elsewhere; usually drunk as an aperitif

Etymologies

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

[Alteration of sherris (taken as pl.), after Xeres, (Jerez), Spain.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English sherris (interpreted as plural), from Spanish (vino de) Xeres ("wine of Xeres"), Xeres being the former name of Jerez.

Examples

  • He could never tell Madeira from sherry, -- nay, an Oriental friend having sent him a butt of _sheeraz_, when he {p. 253} remembered the circumstance some time afterwards, and called for a bottle to have Sir John Malcolm's opinion of its quality, it turned out that his butler, mistaking the label, had already served up half the bin as _sherry_.

    Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume V (of 10)

  • The term sherry is derived from the name of the town where it is made: Jerez de la Frontera, which, along with Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Puerto de Santa María, forms a triangle in southwestern Spain.

    Sherry's Joyous Value

  • Madrid maintains that the term sherry can only be applied to wine made in the region of Jerez in southern Spain.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • But they're also keen on lesser-known wine-producing areas, like Canada's Niagara region, which touts scenic wonders and ice wine, to boot, and European centers that specialize in sherry and port.

    10 Wine Regions Worth Exploring (PHOTOS)

  • But they're also keen on lesser-known wine-producing areas, like Canada's Niagara region, which touts scenic wonders and ice wine, to boot, and European centers that specialize in sherry and port.

    10 Wine Regions Worth Exploring (PHOTOS)

  • But they're also keen on lesser-known wine-producing areas, like Canada's Niagara region, which touts scenic wonders and ice wine, to boot, and European centers that specialize in sherry and port.

    10 Wine Regions Worth Exploring (PHOTOS)

  • But they're also keen on lesser-known wine-producing areas, like Canada's Niagara region, which touts scenic wonders and ice wine, to boot, and European centers that specialize in sherry and port.

    10 Wine Regions Worth Exploring (PHOTOS)

  • An agreement on the terms sherry and porto, drinks from Spain and

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The accord snagged on the names of fortified wines, with Spain and Portugal insisting South Africa stop using the terms sherry and port for its wines.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • You persuaded me to give up that silly drink they call sherry, and drink ale; and what was it but drinking ale which gave me courage to knock down that fellow

    The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'

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  • Sherry Baby by the Four Seasons

    February 8, 2008

  • Sheh-eh-eh-ehe-eh-herry baay-yaaay-beee...

    Don't forget Oh Sherrie by Steve Perry. HA!

    February 8, 2008

  • According to one theory, it is from Jerez in Spain, which itself comes from Persian Shiraz during the time of Rustamid empire in Spain

    August 31, 2009

  • originally dry...... now sweet!

    May 15, 2012