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gervais

[zher-vey; French zher-ve] /ʒɛrˈveɪ; French ʒɛrˈvɛ/
noun
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an unsalted French cream cheese made from whole milk and cream.
Origin of gervais
1895-1900
1895-1900; named after Charles Gervais (1830-92), French cheesemaker
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  • Little gervais was stricken with fever and narrowly escaped death.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • It came from Master gervais, who was vexed at not having been served first.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • There was no corner left for him at the farm where gervais and Claire took up all the room.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • Gregoire came here and kissed me, and wished me to send for gervais and Claire at once.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • "gervais, you're a fool," was the excellent opening made by M. le Comte.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for gervais

Gervais

/ˌdʒʃzːˈveɪz/
noun
1.
Ricky. born 1961, British comedian, writer, and actor; his TV series include The Office (2001–03), and Extras (2005–07)
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Word Origin and History for gervais

Gervais

masc. proper name, French Gervais, from Old High German Gervas, literally "serving with one's spear," from ger "spear" + Celtic base *vas- "servant."

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