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n. pl. malm·seys
A sweet fortified wine originally made in Greece and now produced mainly in Madeira.

[Middle English, ultimately from Medieval Latin malvasia, malmasia, alteration of Medieval Greek Monemvasia (Malvasia), a village of southern Greece.]


(Brewing) a sweet Madeira wine
[C15: from Medieval Latin Malmasia, corruption of Greek Monembasia, Greek port from which the wine was shipped]


(ˈmɑm zi)

a sweet wine of Madeira.
[1325–75; < Medieval Latin Malmasia < Greek Monemvasia Greek town where orig. produced]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.malmsey - sweet Madeira winemalmsey - sweet Madeira wine      
Madeira - an amber dessert wine from the Madeira Islands
malvasia - used to make malmsey wine


nMalvasier(wein) m
References in classic literature ?
Who knowest but that thou mayest catch Robin Hood yet, if thou drinkest less good sack and Malmsey, and bringest down the fat about thy paunch and the dust from out thy brain.
Is it not enough that you leech me of good marks of such a quantity that you may ever after wear mantles of villosa and feast on simnel bread and malmsey, that you must needs burden me still further with the affliction of thy vile tongue?
For example, an English prince died one day because they had put him into a butt of Malmsey.