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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. A small wine-glass of the size and form commonly used for sherry and similar wines.

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

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


Alteration of sherris (taken as pl.), after Xeres (Jerez), Spain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sherris (interpreted as plural), from Spanish (vino de) Xeres ("wine of Xeres"), Xeres being the former name of Jerez. (Wiktionary)



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  • originally dry...... now sweet!

    May 15, 2012

  • 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

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

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

    February 8, 2008

  • Sherry Baby by the Four Seasons

    February 8, 2008