ga·​may ga-ˈmā How to pronounce gamay (audio)
often capitalized
: a light dry red table wine made from the same grape used for French Beaujolais
gamay rosé
also : the grape

Examples of gamay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gamay grapes have relatively thick skins, and the colour of a young gamay wine is medium dark with a hint of violet. Per and Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 17 July 2023 The term is often mentioned in the same breath as Beaujolais Nouveau, early-release French gamay; but nowadays, carbonic approaches are practiced all over the wine world, and applied to a variety of red grapes. Ellen Bhang,, 7 June 2022 GREAT VALUE Domaine Bellevue Touraine Rosé 2019 Loire Valley, $14 This wine is a lovely, exuberant hodgepodge of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, pineau d’Aunis, gamay and malbec. Washington Post, 8 May 2020 Instead of an elbow-to-elbow affair at an event space, attendees are invited to virtually love the gamay noir grape from afar. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 12 May 2020 Nonetheless, Steve Edmunds has pioneered modern gamay production in California, making both a red and this rosé, which has been superb year in and year out. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 5 July 2018 GREAT VALUE Domaine Carrel Eugène Rosé 2019 Savoie, France, $14 An unusual blend of gamay and mondeuse grapes yields this light, lovely, aromatic rosé. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2020 This texture plus the flavors of red fruits will satisfy lovers of gamay or pinot noir. James Tidwell, Dallas News, 7 Jan. 2020 Leelanau excels in chardonnay and sparkling wine, while Old Mission favors riesling, gamay and cabernet franc. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


borrowed from French, earlier gamet, going back to Middle French gaamez, after Gamay, village in St. Aubin commune (Côte d'Or), France

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gamay was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Gamay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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