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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aligoté was in 1828

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“Aligoté.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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