Definition of sherry in English:



  • [mass noun] A fortified wine originally and mainly from southern Spain.

    ‘a bottle of dry sherry’
    [as modifier] ‘a sherry glass’
    [count noun] ‘please pour me a sherry’
    • ‘Add the bay, thyme, rosemary, garlic, orange zest, cinnamon and a splash of dry sherry.’
    • ‘Add the tomato purée and cook for a further minute before adding the chervil, sherry and crab stock.’
    • ‘Usually we'd have a half of beer, but on this occasion someone suggested a glass of sherry, because it dried you out.’
    • ‘Make the dressing by mixing the oil, sherry vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper and the crushed garlic.’
    • ‘The long table in the centre was set with plates of mince pies and glasses of sherry for the carol singers.’
    • ‘If you have time, soak raisins or sultanas in the muscat or sherry first, then pour them on the ice cream along with the liquid.’
    • ‘Someone else requested top tips for cooking Christmas dinner after one sherry too many.’
    • ‘The cured ham and sherry give a wonderfully rounded Spanish flavour to the clams and the broth.’
    • ‘Mix the crushed garlic, chopped chilli, paprika, sherry and olive oil, and spoon over the prawns.’
    • ‘They had three type of manzanilla sherry on the wine list but none in stock and tried to fob us off with white port.’
    • ‘It has been hard to persuade Chardonnay and Cabernet drinkers that sherry is worth trying - but change is afoot.’
    • ‘There is also a faint undertone of tobacco and a slight hint of dry sherry.’
    • ‘The brine of capers lingers too long after a taste of stewed octopus in sherry vinegar.’
    • ‘Drunk straight from the fridge, this delivers the colour, aroma and flavour of a dry amontillado sherry.’
    • ‘We waited an age to be served and I finally placed an order for a glass of Manzanilla sherry.’
    • ‘Add a generous slosh of sherry, let it bubble for a moment, and follow up with a more modest splash of wine or cider vinegar.’
    • ‘When all this was melted, he added a small glass of sherry in which he had mixed a teaspoon of cornstarch.’
    • ‘They are people in the last years of their life who like a port or sherry.’
    • ‘At Christmas we'll have a glass of sherry, but normally we don't drink.’
    • ‘She grapples with the issues of the day and puts them to bed with humour, sincerity and a small glass of sherry.’


Late 16th century: alteration of archaic sherris, interpreted as plural, from Spanish (vino de) Xeres Xeres (wine) (Xeres being the former name of Jerez).