Definition of gravy in English:

gravy

nounPlural gravies

mass noun
  • 1A sauce made by mixing the fat and juices exuded by meat during cooking with stock and other ingredients.

    • ‘Sharp ingredients, such as verjuice, vinegar, and lemon, were frequently called for in sauces and gravies for mutton during the 17th century.’
    • ‘It's also great in gravies, stuffings, herb butters and flavored vinegars, and is often used in conjunction with parsley, sage and rosemary.’
    • ‘These come in gravies that enhance their flavour instead of hiding it.’
    • ‘Pour off fat and make gravy with meat residue, adding half a pint of cider and two tablespoons of honey.’
    • ‘The rest of the carcass can be used to make some game stock for gravy or soup, or freeze the carcass to use later.’
    • ‘They had fresh fruit, potatoes, and foul served with thick, nutty gravy for dinner.’
    • ‘The secret to the fantastic taste of each course lies, perhaps, in the exclusive home-made sauces or gravies.’
    • ‘I prefer the traditional tomato sauce over the mushroom gravy, which was rich and cloying.’
    • ‘The pan drippings gave gravies and soups a deliciously rich background of flavor.’
    • ‘Moisten foods with sauces or gravies to make them easier to swallow.’
    • ‘One of the pleasures of chips, he says, is dipping them into things; chips are excellent carriers of sauces and gravies.’
    • ‘Wholemeal breads, pizza bases, custard, gravy and sauces are all now made from scratch with fresh ingredients.’
    • ‘They used cornmeal as a batter to fry fish and made cornstarch to thicken gravies.’
    • ‘Beef Bourguignon is slow cooked organic free-range beef in a rich red wine gravy served with mashed potato and English green cabbage.’
    • ‘All sauces and gravies should contain either marmite or ketchup.’
    • ‘A dash of ginger powder is often added to soups and gravies to make them tastier.’
    • ‘Stir minced kale into soups, stews, rice, gravies, or sauces.’
    • ‘All the produce is sourced locally and rather than using heavy gravies, the restaurant uses low-fat infused oils and vegetable purée.’
    • ‘Oats or oat flour can be used as a thickener for soups, gravies, sauces, stews, or puddings.’
    • ‘Use plain, unsweetened soymilk in soups, sauces, gravies, casseroles and quickbreads.’
    stock, broth, bouillon, juice, liquid, infusion, extract, concentrate, decoction
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    1. 1.1 The fat and juices exuding from meat during cooking.
      • ‘Unlike a meat stuffing full of gravy, the shrimp was moist and tender.’
      • ‘We get a lot of Japanese takeaways, but I really love a traditional roast with Yorkshire pudding and gravy.’
      • ‘A typical meal consists of meat and potatoes with gravy and a fresh salad.’
      • ‘Serve with the usual trimmings - bread sauce, gravy, game chips and watercress salad.’
      • ‘We finally produced carrots and potatoes, fresh green peas and mint, tinned meat, gravy, plum pudding and custard, nuts, raisins and sweets.’
      • ‘Strictly speaking, the pudding, cut in squares, should be served with gravy before the meat, to take the edge off the appetite.’
      • ‘Add sausage meat back to gravy and season with salt and white pepper to taste.’
      • ‘And they'd got it right: Cooked meat, gravy, and a heavy, warm bread with a mug of water.’
      • ‘It should be served with bread sauce, thin gravy and fried breadcrumbs.’
      • ‘My eating partner had scrambled eggs and sour dough toast, and had ordered a side of bacon and sausage gravy.’
      • ‘Sunday's roast torn into bite-sized pieces - stir-fry till hot and then add any gravy or pan juices.’
      • ‘Organic fillings range from smoked haddock to sausages in onion gravy or simply traditional pork encased in good crumbly shortcrust pastry.’
      • ‘He stood in line and got some fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw macaroni, baked beans, and a roll.’
      • ‘It had only two compartments, one full of gray mushrooms, the other full of hot meat soaking in dark gravy.’
      • ‘He wondered how much it might cost him… Aaron's return interrupted his daydreaming, and he was presented with a plate of meat gravy and a hunk of bread.’
      • ‘She said the pair became convinced the kitchen was an ‘imminent risk to public health’ after finding it strewn with discarded pizza bases, gravy and salad.’
      • ‘Marinades can be constructed to ensure that the product maintains juiciness and develops delicious au jus or gravy during the cooking process.’
      • ‘Pour a little leftover gravy over the stuffing.’
      • ‘‘I want mine with extra meat, and gravy, then stick it on Italian bread,’ Vito told us.’
      • ‘I later discover that chilled Greek salad and warm pan gravy with scrapings marry quite well.’
  • 2North American informal Unearned or unexpected money.

    • ‘Selling the warranties, even for as little as $5 each, is pure gravy for the corporations that pocket our money.’
    • ‘Companies have long looked at their overseas revenues as gravy and, as such, have largely overlooked the Web sites managed by their overseas Web teams.’
    • ‘The money is gravy that can be used to enhance policy in other ways.’
    • ‘The federal money for the bridges was real gravy.’
    • ‘Ringtones to the music industry mean gravy - certainly another revenue stream from which they can joyfully tap.’
    cash, hard cash, ready money
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Origin

Middle English (denoting a spicy sauce): perhaps from a misreading (as gravé) of Old French grané, probably from grain ‘spice’, from Latin granum ‘grain’.

Pronunciation

gravy

/ˈɡreɪvi/