noun (plural gravies)[mass noun]
- 1A sauce made by mixing the fat and juices exuded by meat during cooking with stock and other ingredients.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1The fat and juices exuding from meat during cooking.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2 • informal , chiefly North American Unearned or unexpected money.More example sentences
- 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.
- • informal Used to refer to a situation in which someone can make a lot of money for very little effort: come to Hollywood and get on to the gravy trainMore example sentences
- It's nothing more than a gravy train for big business to make huge amounts of money from the public purse!
- The bills started to come in in the eighties, of course, and financial stringency made it necessary to start cutting back on the gravy train.
- I went to grad school, a move that both ended my ride on the industry gravy train and robbed me of disposable income for a number of years.
Middle English (denoting a spicy sauce): perhaps from a misreading (as gravé) of Old French grané, probably from grain 'spice', from Latin granum 'grain'.
More definitions of gravyDefinition of gravy in:
- The US English dictionary