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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. 2017.
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  • After a voyage of six days he landed at Marsala where a tremendous welcome was given to him.

  • The filet can also be larded with bacon and cooked in butter and Marsala only.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • Garibaldi went over the ground made glorious by his former exploits—past Calatafimi to Marsala.

    The Liberation of Italy Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
  • Myself: Marsala is known in London, but we do not drink it every day as you do in Palermo.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • Sautez some slices of truffle in butter, cover them with Velute sauce (No. 2) and a glass of Marsala, and add them to the eggs.

  • Add a glass of Marsala or sherry wine and whip until it thickens.

  • At the last supreme moment pour in a glass of generous red wine, or if it please you more, Marsala, and serve without delay.

    The Feasts of Autolycus Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • There is a useful gradation in such things, and Marsala at 20s.

    Barchester Towers Anthony Trollope
  • So one after the other he ate little truffle rolls, and drank a few glasses of Marsala.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
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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