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[zher-vey; French zher-ve] /ʒɛrˈveɪ; French ʒɛrˈvɛ/
(sometimes initial capital letter) an unsalted French cream cheese made from whole milk and cream.
Origin of gervais
1895-1900; named after Charles Gervais (1830-92), French cheesemaker Unabridged
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  • There was no corner left for him at the farm where gervais and Claire took up all the room.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • Here has been Sir gervais enjoining me to the strictest secresy.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • gervais pondered a moment, his slower wits taking in the situation.

    Helmet of Navarre Bertha Runkle
  • As for Michael, he had hastened to gervais, and delivered his message.

    Popular Tales Madame Guizot
  • At the sight of gervais, however, his animation returned, and he started as if to rush towards him.

    Popular Tales Madame Guizot
British Dictionary definitions for gervais


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Word Origin and History for gervais


masc. proper name, French Gervais, from Old High German Gervas, literally "serving with one's spear," from ger "spear" + Celtic base *vas- "servant."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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