Definition of gravy in English:


Syllabification: gra·vy
Pronunciation: /ˈgrāvē

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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