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[mahr-sah-luh; Italian mahr-sah-lah] /mɑrˈsɑ lə; Italian mɑrˈsɑ lɑ/
a seaport in W Sicily.
a sweet, dark, fortified wine made near Marsala, or a similar wine made elsewhere.
made or flavored with this wine:
veal Marsala. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The filet can also be larded with bacon and cooked in butter and Marsala only.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • Myself: Marsala is known in London, but we do not drink it every day as you do in Palermo.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • They wetted her lips with Marsala and poured some into her mouth and thus restored her.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • Add a glass of Marsala or sherry wine and whip until it thickens.

  • There is a useful gradation in such things, and Marsala at 20s.

    Barchester Towers

    Anthony Trollope
  • So much so that the Cagliari girl orders a glass of Marsala: and I must second her.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • Marsala is rosily, downily carminative; gin pricks and refreshes while it warms.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • Csar had Marsala and Asti brought for the abbe, who was a gourmet.

    Csar or Nothing Po Baroja Baroja
  • After a voyage of six days he landed at Marsala where a tremendous welcome was given to him.

British Dictionary definitions for Marsala


a port in W Sicily: landing place of Garibaldi at the start of his Sicilian campaign (1860). Pop: 77 784 (2001)
(sometimes not capital) a dark sweet dessert wine made in Sicily
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Marsala

kind of wine, 1806, named for seaport town on the west coast of Sicily, which is said to be from Arabic Mirsa-llahi, literally "the Port of God."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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