Definition of Brunello
Brunellos di Montalcino
: a full-bodied red wine made from Sangiovese grapes that is produced in the Tuscany region of Italy Three impressive reds in particular—Barolo, Barbaresco, and Brunello di Montalcino—have acquired a devoted following among American oenophiles. — Alexis Bespaloff, Elle, January 1987
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of brunello
Brunello borrowed from Italian, from bruno “dark in color, brown” (going back to Vulgar Latin *brūn-, borrowed from Germanic) + -ello, noun suffix (going back to Latin -ellus, originally diminutive suffix, variant of -ulus with stems ending in r); Brunello di Montalcino borrowed from Italian, literally “Brunello of Montalcino” (town in southern Tuscany)
First Known Use: 1973
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up Brunello? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).