Definition of Carignane
: a red wine of French origin that is often used for inexpensive blends … old-school Mendocino wines such as Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane … — Tim Fish, Wine Spectator, 15 Nov. 2008; also : the grape from which the wine is made And of all the grapes grown in Languedoc-Roussillon, none illustrates that transformation better than carignan, a long-underappreciated, bold and spicy red wine variety that is finally coming into its own. — David Rosengarten, Saveur, October 2010
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.
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of carignane
French, from Carignan, town near Bordeaux, France
First Known Use: 1876
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up Carignane? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).