noun, often attributive
\ ˈgrāp How to pronounce grape (audio) \

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 How to pronounce grapelike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of grape in a Sentence

a bunch of seedless grapes

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The garden's sheer existence is luxurious; imagine how much money could be made from growing wine grapes here. Mary Beth Albright,, "How a world-class chef blossomed in Napa Valley: The French Laundry turns 25," 5 July 2019 The strike motivated millions of Americans to stop eating grapes and ultimately pressured growers to negotiate a contract. Dorany Pineda,, "John Giumarra Jr., grape industry giant who battled Cesar Chavez, dies at 78," 2 July 2019 Blumling did have one reservation about the grape tax. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Wineries outside Oregon would have to pay same grape tax as in-state wineries under proposed law," 1 July 2019 What will happen to the wine grape growers is a side issue, although a vital one to large investments. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Prohibition closed 55 saloons in San Diego 100 years ago today," 30 June 2019 Here, thanks to that longer time on the vine, Talbott grapes develop thick skins, which concentrates their flavor on an epic scale. Bon Appétit, "A Taste of Place," 24 June 2019 Enchanting vineyards dot the hills—where grapes have been growing since Roman times—and towns straight out of a storybook line the shores. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Your Guide to a Perfect Vacation in Franciacorta—Italy's Secret Lake-Side Wine Region," 13 June 2019 Inside the bag is her own 10-year-old daughter’s dinner – a small can of Chef Boyardee ravioli, a Hershey’s bar and grapes., "From the Editor: Until you experience it, it's hard to comprehend the hidden costs of being poor," 13 June 2019 In Porto, there are boat cruises up to the Douro Valley, where grapes for port wines are grown, and cellar tours within walking distance of Porto’s city center in nearby Vila Nova de Gaia. Leora Arnowitz, USA TODAY, "Portugal is the new hot travel destination. Here's why," 13 June 2019

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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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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


\ ˈgrāp How to pronounce grape (audio) \

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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