One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An island in the Atlantic Ocean off northwestern 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 northwestern Brazil that rises on the Bolivian border and flows about 900 miles (1,450 km) to meet the Amazon River east of Manaus. It is navigable to large oceangoing 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.
- ‘For instance, Madeira works beautifully with chicken liver parfait.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘An open bottle of vintage dated Madeira can last for months, years, maybe even decades.’
- ‘Place in a roasting tin and pour over the Madeira or white wine and the stock.’
- ‘Eighteenth century Americans drank a lot of ale and Madeira, but they also found time for a few mixed beverages as well.’
- ‘The dessert wines, Ports, Madeira, Cognac and Pudding Wine are also attractively priced.’
- ‘The Tsar preferred Madeira or port with his soup but would switch to wine for subsequent courses.’
- ‘I went for roast sirloin beef with wild mushrooms and a red wine sauce that was as rich as Madeira.’
- ‘Still, the big three, Port, Sherry and Madeira, have fame and historical importance.’
- ‘Women in the north and the island of Madeira produce embroidered goods that are sold to tourists.’
- ‘Look for red fortified wines like Ports, and certain Madeiras to match up the best.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In those days, Madeira was the most popular beverage in America, says Staib.’
- ‘The salad itself was well designed, as duck and a fortified wine like Madeira are a classic combination.’
- ‘They also fortified Madeira with brandy to further preserve it and add complexity.’
- ‘Some wines, however, such as oloroso sherry, tawny port, and Madeira, owe their character to deliberate exposure to oxygen.’
- ‘Put the egg yolks, sugar, Madeira and Marsala into a large heatproof bowl.’
- ‘The whole was accompanied by a profusion of wines, followed by nuts and preserved fruits, then Madeira, port or sherry.’
- ‘The verdelho grape produces some ordinary table wines in Madeira, but not so here.’
- ‘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.’
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