[uh-mon-tl-ah-doh, -tee-ah-; Spanish ah-mawn-tee-lyah-thaw, -yah-th aw]


a pale, dry Spanish sherry.

Origin of amontillado

1815–25; < Spanish, equivalent to a to, near (< Latin ad) + Montill(a) (see montilla) + -ado -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a medium dry Spanish sherry, not as pale in colour as a fino

Word Origin for amontillado

C19: from Spanish vino amontillado wine of Montilla, town in Spain
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Word Origin and History for amontillado

a variety of sherry wine, 1825, from Spanish amontillado, from a "from" (from Latin ad; see ad-) + Montilla, name of a town in the province of Cordova. Formerly the name of a regional wine, now of a type of sherry.

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