Shi·​raz shi-ˈräz How to pronounce Shiraz (audio)
: syrah

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The head of the country’s track and field federation, Hashem Siami, resigned this weekend after some participants in an all-women half-marathon in the city of Shiraz competed without the hijab. Nasser Karimi And Jon Gambrell, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 May 2023 About 95 percent of the wine from Australia sold in China was red, and in the last 10 years the country has increased its vineyard acreage and output of Merlot, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Mike Desimone And Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 18 Apr. 2023 Zinfandel Save your Beaujolais Nouveau and inexpensive Grenache, Shiraz, and Zinfandel for the glass. Ashley Martens, Redbook, 5 Apr. 2023 According to one version, known as the Kilwa Chronicle, seven Persian princes fleeing persecution set sail from the trading hub of Shiraz. Byandrew Curry,, 29 Mar. 2023 While at Delheim my first favorite wine was a 2005 Shiraz. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022

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Word History


probably from French chiraz, alteration (influenced by Shiraz, city in Persia) of syrah, syrac Syrah

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Shiraz was in 1927

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Cite this Entry

“Shiraz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Shi·​raz shi-ˈräz How to pronounce Shiraz (audio)
city in southwest central Iran in the southern Zagros Mountains population 1,460,665

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