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[sher-ee] /ˈʃɛr i/
noun, plural sherries.
a fortified, amber-colored wine of southern Spain or any of various similar wines made elsewhere.
Origin of sherry
1590-1600; back formation from sherris, construed as a plural


[sher-ee] /ˈʃɛr i/
a female given name, form of Charlotte. Unabridged
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  • Oldaker sipped his glass of old Oloroso sherry and discoursed.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The liquor was sherry, and it took nine bottles of it to lay us both up.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • sherry cobbler when you name it long; cobbler, when you name it short.

  • You should have had a glass of sherry the moment we landed here.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • But he took me to his own house for a glass of sherry and a biscuit, and there it wasn't so rotten.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for sherry


noun (pl) -ries
a fortified wine, originally from the Jerez region in S Spain, usually drunk as an apéritif
Word Origin
C16: from earlier sherris (assumed to be plural), from Spanish Xeres, now Jerez
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Word Origin and History for sherry

kind of white wine, c.1600, mistaken singular from sherris (1530s), from Spanish (vino de) Xeres "(wine from) Xeres," modern Jerez (Roman (urbs) Caesaris) in Spain, near the port of Cadiz, where the wine was made.

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