[ sher-ee ]
/ ˈʃɛr i /

noun, plural sher·ries.

a fortified, amber-colored wine of southern Spain or any of various similar wines made elsewhere.

Origin of sherry

1590–1600; back formation from sherris, construed as a plural

Definition for sherry (2 of 2)


[ sher-ee ]
/ ˈʃɛr i /


a female given name, form of Charlotte. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sherry


/ (ˈʃɛrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

a fortified wine, originally from the Jerez region in S Spain, usually drunk as an apéritif

Word Origin for sherry

C16: from earlier sherris (assumed to be plural), from Spanish Xeres, now Jerez
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Word Origin and History for sherry



kind of white wine, c.1600, mistaken singular from sherris (1530s), from Spanish (vino de) Xeres "(wine from) Xeres," modern Jerez (Roman (urbs) Caesaris) in Spain, near the port of Cadiz, where the wine was made.

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