Definition of gravy in English:


Syllabification: gra·vy
Pronunciation: /ˈɡrāvē

noun (plural gravies)

1The fat and juices exuding from meat during cooking.
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  • Add sausage meat back to gravy and season with salt and white pepper to taste.
  • Strictly speaking, the pudding, cut in squares, should be served with gravy before the meat, to take the edge off the appetite.
  • A typical meal consists of meat and potatoes with gravy and a fresh salad.
1.1A sauce made from cooked meat juices together with stock and other ingredients.
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  • All sauces and gravies should contain either marmite or ketchup.
  • Use plain, unsweetened soymilk in soups, sauces, gravies, casseroles and quickbreads.
  • Stir minced kale into soups, stews, rice, gravies, or sauces.
2 informal , chiefly North American Unearned or unexpected money.
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  • The money is gravy that can be used to enhance policy in other ways.
  • The federal money for the bridges was real gravy.
  • Selling the warranties, even for as little as $5 each, is pure gravy for the corporations that pocket our money.


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

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