- 1An island in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwestern coast of Africa, the largest of the Madeiras, a group of islands that 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.
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- Clinging tenaciously to this rugged pearl is a population of 320,000 gentle, charismatic Madeirans.
- Later in my Madeiran visit I found out what the islanders are doing to try and re-establish Madeira's much-reduced native flora of laurisilva.
- After a week in the Madeiran winter sunshine I feel like a different person: fit and healthy and without a gloomy line of poetry anywhere in my mind.
Portuguese, literally 'timber' (from Latin materia 'substance'), because of the island's dense woods.
(also Madeira wine)
- A fortified wine from the island of Madeira.More example sentences
- 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.
- Some wines, however, such as oloroso sherry, tawny port, and Madeira, owe their character to deliberate exposure to oxygen.
- The verdelho grape produces some ordinary table wines in Madeira, but not so here.