[mahr-sah-luh; Italian mahr-sah-lah]
- a seaport in W Sicily.
- a sweet, dark, fortified wine made near Marsala, or a similar wine made elsewhere.
- made or flavored with this wine: veal Marsala.
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Examples from the Web for marsala
I induced the girl to sit down and swallow a glass of Marsala.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
The filet can also be larded with bacon and cooked in butter and Marsala only.The Italian Cook Book
Myself: Marsala is known in London, but we do not drink it every day as you do in Palermo.
They wetted her lips with marsala and poured some into her mouth and thus restored her.
Add a glass of Marsala or sherry wine and whip until it thickens.The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book
There is a useful gradation in such things, and Marsala at 20s.Barchester Towers
- a port in W Sicily: landing place of Garibaldi at the start of his Sicilian campaign (1860). Pop: 77 784 (2001)
- (sometimes not capital) a dark sweet dessert wine made in Sicily
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