grape

noun, often attributive
\ ˈgrāp \

Definition of grape

1 : a smooth-skinned juicy light green or deep red to purplish black berry eaten dried or fresh as a fruit or fermented to produce wine
2 : any of numerous woody vines (genus Vitis of the family Vitaceae, the grape family) that usually climb by tendrils, produce grapes, and are nearly cosmopolitan in cultivation
3 : grapeshot

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Other Words from grape

grapelike \ ˈgrāp-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of grape in a Sentence

a bunch of seedless grapes

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Wine book author Kevin Begos explains that just a few varieties of wine grapes dominate the industry, which leaves them vulnerable to potentially catastrophic disease outbreaks. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "Favorite Wine Grapes May Need Genetic Help," 10 July 2018 Outside sleepy towns, the giant silver tanks of the cooperatives loom, the destiny for most of the grapes. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "The Grape From Manchuela," 21 June 2018 Cedar waxwing babies can polish off three pounds of grapes a week. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Found A Baby Bird? Here's What To Do," 17 June 2018 According to a press release, O.Vine is made by imbuing regular water with extracts from the skin and seeds of grapes after they're used to make wine. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Wine-Infused Water Is Coming — So Even Your H20 Can Be Part Of The Rosé Trend," 15 June 2018 One pendant/chandelier from Arteriors looks like a dangling cluster of pearly grapes. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Arteriors new collection remains current, edgy," 13 June 2018 About 90 percent of the wine grapes in Texas are grown within a 100-mile radius of Lubbock, many in fields that used to yield less-profitable cotton. Dan Fellner, azcentral, "Why Lubbock, TX, is hot: Texas Tech, Buddy Holly and wine," 13 June 2018 Like many satellite regions, Lake County has become a reliable source of filler grapes for Napa wineries. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "The rise of the Red Hills of Lake County," 1 June 2018 That comes from the ocean wind that toughens the skin of these grapes. Bruce Schoenfeld, WIRED, "Your Next Glass of Wine Might Be a Fake—and You'll Love It," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of grape

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grape

Middle English, from Anglo-French grape grape stalk, bunch of grapes, grape, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German krāpfo hook

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grape

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grape

: a green, dark red, or purplish-black berry that is used to make wine or is eaten as a fruit

grape

noun
\ ˈgrāp \

Kids Definition of grape

: a juicy berry that has a smooth green, dark red, or purple skin and grows in clusters on a woody vine ( grapevine )

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