Ali·​go·​té | \ älēgōˈtā \
plural -s

Definition of Aligoté

1 : a white wine made from the Aligoté grape and sometimes mixed with cassis to make an aperitif
2 : a white grape native to Burgundy

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First Known Use of Aligoté

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for Aligoté

French aligoté, alligotet, a secondary grape variety of Burgundy, perhaps from French dialect (Burgundy), alteration (influenced by French dialect haricoter to cultivate poor ground, work for meager returns) of Middle French haligoté, past participle of haligoter, harigoter to cut in pieces

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“Aligoté.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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