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[mal-voi-zee, -vuh-]
  1. malmsey wine.
  2. the malvasia grape.
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Origin of malvoisie

1350–1400; < French; replacing Middle English malvesie < Middle French < Italian malvasia. See malmsey, malvasia
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Examples from the Web for malvoisie

Historical Examples

  • The wines of the neighbourhood, the macabeu and the malvoisie are famous.

    Castles and Chateaux of Old Navarre and the Basque Provinces

    Francis Miltoun

  • Duchess, you said the other day that you liked Malvoisie, and here is some.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • The servant brought champagne and malvoisie; the supper was delicious.

    Frdrique; vol. 1

    Charles Paul de Kock

  • His wine he takes hot when the nights are cold, malvoisie or vernage, with as much spice as would cover the thumb-nail.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • They were a merry company of knights and dames, just risen from supper and Malvoisie.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky

British Dictionary definitions for malvoisie


  1. an amber dessert wine made in France, similar to malmsey
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Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Italian Malvasia, from Greek Monembasia; see malmsey
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