Origin of sherry

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


  1. a female given name, form of Charlotte. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sherry

Contemporary Examples of sherry

Historical Examples of sherry

  • Oldaker sipped his glass of old Oloroso sherry and discoursed.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The liquor was sherry, and it took nine bottles of it to lay us both up.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Sherry cobbler when you name it long; cobbler, when you name it short.

  • You should have had a glass of sherry the moment we landed here.

  • Sent away the chap's sherry and had 'em bring whiskey and soda.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for sherry


noun plural -ries
  1. 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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