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Marsala

[mahr-sah-luh; Italian mahr-sah-lah]
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noun
  1. a seaport in W Sicily.
  2. a sweet, dark, fortified wine made near Marsala, or a similar wine made elsewhere.
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adjective
  1. made or flavored with this wine: veal Marsala.
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  • The filet can also be larded with bacon and cooked in butter and Marsala only.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for marsala

Marsala

noun
  1. a port in W Sicily: landing place of Garibaldi at the start of his Sicilian campaign (1860). Pop: 77 784 (2001)
  2. (sometimes not capital) a dark sweet dessert wine made in Sicily
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Word Origin and History for marsala

Marsala

n.

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."

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