One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An island in the Atlantic Ocean off north-western Africa, the largest of the Madeiras, a group of islands which constitutes an autonomous region of Portugal; population 247,161 (2007); capital, Funchal. Encountered by the Portuguese in 1419, the islands were occupied by the Spanish 1580–1640 and the British 1807–14.
2A river in north-western Brazil, which rises on the Bolivian border and flows about 1,450 km (900 miles) to meet the River Amazon east of Manaus. It is navigable to large ocean-going vessels as far as Pôrto Velho.
Portuguese, literally ‘timber’ (from Latin materia ‘substance’), because of the island's dense woods.
A fortified wine from the island of Madeira.
- ‘Some wines, however, such as oloroso sherry, tawny port, and Madeira, owe their character to deliberate exposure to oxygen.’
- ‘Look for red fortified wines like Ports, and certain Madeiras to match up the best.’
- ‘I happen to love this stuff, but have difficulty including it in an article about sweet wines because only few Madeiras are made in a true dessert style.’
- ‘The whole was accompanied by a profusion of wines, followed by nuts and preserved fruits, then Madeira, port or sherry.’
- ‘Other countries have tried to compete against port with various fortified wines, but for me the likes of sherry or Madeira just can't compare.’
- ‘Eighteenth century Americans drank a lot of ale and Madeira, but they also found time for a few mixed beverages as well.’
- ‘The salad itself was well designed, as duck and a fortified wine like Madeira are a classic combination.’
- ‘For instance, Madeira works beautifully with chicken liver parfait.’
- ‘Eggs are also called for in stuffings and sauces, and a fortified, sweetish wine such as Marsala or sherry or Madeira is often chosen for veal cookery.’
- ‘The dessert wines, Ports, Madeira, Cognac and Pudding Wine are also attractively priced.’
- ‘In those days, Madeira was the most popular beverage in America, says Staib.’
- ‘Put the egg yolks, sugar, Madeira and Marsala into a large heatproof bowl.’
- ‘Still, the big three, Port, Sherry and Madeira, have fame and historical importance.’
- ‘The verdelho grape produces some ordinary table wines in Madeira, but not so here.’
- ‘An open bottle of vintage dated Madeira can last for months, years, maybe even decades.’
- ‘Women in the north and the island of Madeira produce embroidered goods that are sold to tourists.’
- ‘They also fortified Madeira with brandy to further preserve it and add complexity.’
- ‘The Tsar preferred Madeira or port with his soup but would switch to wine for subsequent courses.’
- ‘Place in a roasting tin and pour over the Madeira or white wine and the stock.’
- ‘I went for roast sirloin beef with wild mushrooms and a red wine sauce that was as rich as Madeira.’
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