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[toh-key] /toʊˈkeɪ/
a gecko, Gekko gecko, of the Malay Archipelago and southeastern Asia: sometimes kept as a pet.
Origin of tokay
dialectal Malay
1745-55; < dialectal Malay tokeʔ < Javanese təʔkəʔ (spelling tekek)


[toh-key] /toʊˈkeɪ/
an aromatic wine made from Furmint grapes grown in the district surrounding Tokay, a town in NE Hungary.
  1. a large, red variety of grape, grown for table use.
  2. the vine bearing this fruit, grown in California.
a sweet, strong white wine made in California. Unabridged
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  • And what can be more striking than the far steeples and the mountains of tokay?

    The Village Notary Jzsef Etvs
  • tokay was regarded at that time as a sort of elixir of life.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • He thought it tasted far better than the Regent's cherry brandy, or the tokay at Brooks's.

    The Happy Hypocrite Max Beerbohm
  • Eleanore handed him the glass of tokay; her eyes glistened with tears.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • At tokay the wine is only two shillings the bottle, and I have a great desire that you should taste some of it.

    The Life of George Borrow Clement K. Shorter
  • But I thought more of that tokay from Tekely's cellar than of anything else.

  • A fantastic little comment on the distinctive national drinks—Claret, tokay, and Beer.

  • He also produced several bottles of squang, the tokay of Atvatabar.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar William R. Bradshaw
  • By the time the tokay was opened, the Major had grown very jolly, and he began to exchange jokes with the Governor and the rector.

    The Battle Ground Ellen Glasgow
  • It is more sparkling than champagne, sweeter than tokay—at least, one must pretend that it is.

    The Green Book Mr Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for tokay


a small gecko, Gekko gecko, of S and SE Asia, having a retractile claw at the tip of each digit
Word Origin
from Malay toke, of imitative origin


a fine sweet wine made near Tokaj, Hungary
a variety of large sweet grape used to make this wine
a similar wine made elsewhere
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Word Origin and History for tokay

1710, rich sweet wine from the region of Tokay (Hungarian Tokaj) a town in Hungary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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