noun, often attributive \ˈwīn\

: an alcoholic drink made from the juice of grapes

: an alcoholic drink made from plants or fruits other than grapes

: a dark reddish-purple color

Full Definition of WINE

a :  the alcoholic fermented juice of fresh grapes used as a beverage
b :  wine or a substitute used in Christian communion services
:  the alcoholic usually fermented juice of a plant product (as a fruit) used as a beverage <blackberry wine>
:  something that invigorates or intoxicates
:  a dark red

Examples of WINE

  1. apple, blueberry, and other fruit wines

Origin of WINE

Middle English win, from Old English wīn; akin to Old High German wīn wine; both ultimately from Latin vinum wine, perhaps of non-IE origin; akin to the source of Greek oinos wine
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail



Definition of WINE

intransitive verb
:  to drink wine
transitive verb
:  to give wine to <wined and dined his friends>

First Known Use of WINE


Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail


noun \ˈwīn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of WINE

: fermented grape juice containing varying percentages of alcohol together with ethers and esters that give it bouquet and flavor
: a pharmaceutical preparation using wine as a vehicle


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of grapes. Wine may also be made from various fruits and plant parts. Though known by the ancients, wine was not drunk in its matured form until the development of the bottle and cork in the late 17th century. In wine manufacture, grapes are crushed and strained, and the juice (called must) is sealed in vats along with yeast (Saccharomyees ellipsoideus) and often sulfur dioxide, which suppresses wild yeasts and organisms. Fermentation continues for several weeks, and then the wine is drawn off (“racked”) into wooden barrels or other containers for a second fermentation (“aging”). It is clarified and bottled before undergoing final maturation. Wines may be classified according to colour as red, rosé (pink), or white; colour depends on whether the skins of red grapes are allowed to ferment with the juice. Wine taste is described as sweet or dry, sweet wines being high in sugar content and dry wines containing little or no sugar. Sparkling wines, such as champagne, contain suspended carbon dioxide, the result of bottling the wine before fermentation is complete. Fortified wines, such as port and sherry, contain added brandy. The leading wine-producing countries are France, Italy, Spain, the U.S., Argentina, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Portugal, and Romania.


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