A bowl of turkey gravy.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- the juice given off by meat in cooking
- a sauce made by combining this juice with flour, seasoning, etc.
- ☆ Slang
- money easily or illegally obtained
- any extra benefit or value beyond that expected
Origin: Middle English grave, uncertain or unknown; perhaps a misreading of Old French grané from uncertain or unknown; perhaps grain, used as a name for cooking ingredients
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noun pl. gra·vies
- a. The juices that drip from cooking meat.b. A sauce made by thickening and seasoning these juices.
- Slang a. Money, profit, or benefit easily or illicitly gained.b. Payment or benefit in excess of what is expected or required.
Origin: Middle English grave, from Old French, possibly a misreading of grane, stew, sauce, from Latin grānātus, having many seeds; see pomegranate.