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 grape (audio) \ adjective

Examples of grape in a Sentence

a bunch of seedless grapes
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to albariño and vermentino, also keep an eye out for assyrtiko (a grape typically associated with Greece) and muscadet (typically associated with the Loire Valley of France). Cathy Huyghe, Forbes, 31 May 2021 The magic of Prunotto Bussia Barolo starts with the Nebbiolo grape, which has given us some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 26 May 2021 The blend is 40 percent Alfrocheiro Preto grapes, which have a velvet-like texture, rich colors, and spiciness, along with Aragonez, a Tempranillo grape that adds structure and acid, and Touriga Nacional, which ages like a Cabernet., 25 May 2021 The grape, Garganega, is almost exclusive to Italy, in particular the northeast region of Veneto. Marc Bona, cleveland, 9 May 2021 The state Supreme Court upheld the rules in 1976, and growers did not challenge them until 40 years later, in a suit by a strawberry grower in Siskiyou County and a grape and citrus farm in Fresno. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Mar. 2021 On the 4,791-square-foot lot are fruit-bearing trees such as apple, plum, pear, cherry, Concord grape and hazelnut. oregonlive, 20 Mar. 2021 The process sounds like wine grape growing combined with a bit of witchcraft. Chris Macias,, 17 Dec. 2020 For me, what Larry Itliong, Philip Vera Cruz, and the Filipino farm workers did, in creating what would become an international grape strike and the formation of the United Farm Workers with Mexican American workers—that’s a success story. Theodore Gonzalves, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2020

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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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The first known use of grape was in the 14th century

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“Grape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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