Bru·​nel·​lo | \ brü-ˈne-lō How to pronounce Brunello (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Brunello di Montalcino \ -​dē-​ˌmän-​täl-​ˈchē-​nō How to pronounce Brunello di Montalcino (audio) \
plural Brunellos also Brunellos di Montalcino

Definition of Brunello

: 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

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First Known Use of Brunello

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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)

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“Brunello.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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