- a strong, sweet wine with a strong flavor, originally made in Greece but now made mainly in Madeira.
Origin of malmsey
Examples from the Web for malmsey
"We are glad to see thee, brother," said he, holding out the flask of Malmsey.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
It must have been a very bad one, because he was killed by a butt of Malmsey.New Treasure Seekers
E. (Edith) Nesbit
"Malmsey," shouted Alice, no longer able to control herself.Through the Outlooking Glass
The duke being willing to die a merry death, chose to be drowned in a butt of Malmsey.Ebrietatis Encomium
Not a guinea—though you should threaten to drown him, like his namesake, in a butt of malmsey—to save his life.The Talk of the Town, Volume 2 (of 2)
- a sweet Madeira wine
Word Origin and History for malmsey
c.1400, type of strong, sweet white wine, from Provençal malmesie or Middle Dutch malemesye, both from Medieval Latin malmasia, from Medieval Greek Monembasia "Monemvasia," a town in the southern Peloponnesus that was an important center of wine production in the Middle Ages, literally "only one entrance," from monos "alone, only" (see mono-) + embasis "entering into," from en- "in" + basis "a going, a stepping, a base" (see basis).