[mahr-sah-luh; Italian mahr-sah-lah]
  1. made or flavored with this wine: veal Marsala. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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.


    Henry Festing Jones

  • They wetted her lips with marsala and poured some into her mouth and thus restored her.


    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


  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



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper