Manzanilla definition

mănzə-nēyə, -nĭlə
A pale, very dry sherry from Spain.
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A dry Spanish sherry.
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A pale, dry fino sherry.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
manzanilla
Plural:
manzanillas

Origin of manzanilla

  • Spanish probably from manzanilla chamomile (because the aroma of the sherry was thought to resemble chamomile) from Old Spanish mançanilla diminutive of mançana apple alteration of earlier maçana from Latin (māla) Mattiāna variant of (māla) Matiāna (apples) of Matius possibly after Gaius Matius Calvena (fl. first century bc), Roman author of a work on gastronomy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition