From Anglo-Norman malvesey, malvoisin, Middle French malvoisie, from Italian malvasia, from Ancient Greek Μονεμβασία (Monembasía, “Monemvasia”, a city on the Peloponnese), from μόνος (mónos, “only one”) + ἔμβασις (émbasis, “entering into”, ἐν + βάσις). Doublet of Monemvasia. Compare malmsey.
- Synonym of (wine)
- 1991, Stephen Fry, chapter XIV, in Liar:
- Adrian stood and refilled Shelagh's glass. ‘A little more malvoisie for you?’
- 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin, published 2012, page 217:
- There, gifts were exchanged […] and Philip's mistrels performed in front of the king's mother who sat, appreciative, her customary glass of malvesey to hand.