- 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 of gravyMiddle 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
- 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 of gravyMiddle English grave, from Old French, possibly a misreading of grane, stew, sauce, from Latin grānātus, having many seeds; see pomegranate.
(usually uncountable, plural gravies)
- (uncountable) A thick sauce made from the fat or juices that come out from meat or vegetables as they are being cooked.
- (countable) A type of gravy.
- (uncountable) (among Italian-Americans) Sauce used for pasta.
- (uncountable) Unearned gain.
- (uncountable) Extra benefit.
- The first thousand tickets and the concessions cover the venue and the band. The rest is gravy.