Definition of

Madeira

  1. (noun, object) a Brazilian river; tributary of the Amazon River
  2. (noun, location) an island in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa; the largest of the Madeira Islands
  3. (noun, food) an amber dessert wine from the Madeira Islands

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Synonyms of Madeira

madeira river

Alternate forms of Madeira

Hyponyms: malmsey

Hypernyms: fortified wine

Origin of the word Madeira

  1. 1548, from island of Madeira in the Atlantic, from Port. madeira "wood," because the island was formerly thickly wooded, from L. materia "wood, matter" (see matter). more

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