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[mal-voi-zee, -vuh-] /ˈmæl vɔɪ zi, -və-/
malmsey wine.
the malvasia grape.
Origin of malvoisie
1350-1400; < French; replacing Middle English malvesie < Middle French < Italian malvasia. See malmsey, malvasia Unabridged
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  • "Then shall we bury all cause of unkindness in a flagon of malvoisie," said the prince, cheerily.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The wines of the neighbourhood, the macabeu and the malvoisie are famous.

  • That treacherous little baggage is safe locked into the cellar, whither I lured her to find some malvoisie for the rascaille crew.

    Grisly Grisell Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Duchess, you said the other day that you liked malvoisie, and here is some.

    Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli
  • His wine he takes hot when the nights are cold, malvoisie or vernage, with as much spice as would cover the thumb-nail.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The servant brought champagne and malvoisie; the supper was delicious.

    Frdrique; vol. 1 Charles Paul de Kock
  • Then she threw herself back in her chair, emptied a glass of malvoisie, and smoked with the abandon of a Mohammedan.

    Frdrique; vol. 1 Charles Paul de Kock
  • The malvoisie grape, introduced from Crete, throve excellently, and at last produced the Madeira of commerce.

  • They were a merry company of knights and dames, just risen from supper and malvoisie.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • And be it noted, that the vicar is obliged to give to the Doge two flasks of malvoisie, with two oranges besides.

British Dictionary definitions for malvoisie


/ˈmælvɔɪzɪ; -və-/
an amber dessert wine made in France, similar to malmsey
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Italian Malvasia, from Greek Monembasia; see malmsey
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