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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Most of the analysis was done in Fresno and Tulare counties, home to nearly 1.5 million people and two of the state’s most productive agricultural regions, where the bulk of California’s almonds, grapes and tomatoes are produced. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Overpumping of Central Valley groundwater has side effect: too much arsenic," 5 June 2018 Refrigerated containers are used to ship bananas, pineapples, grapes and other perishable from Latin America and the Caribbean to PortMiami. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "Economies in the Americas are poised to expand but plenty of uncertainties could still slow growth | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 Fresh grapes and assorted fruit, an outstanding assortment of cheeses, jambalaya, pastries and petit fours and bread pudding with assorted sauces including caramel whiskey cream, bananas Foster, dark chocolate rum and white chocolate. Ann Benoit,, "Taste of Covington takes guests on world tour of food and spirits," 6 May 2018 Florida wineries champion the sweet muscadine grape and love it or hate it, Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery is going to have fun with it. Richard Tribou,, "Explore Florida's St. Lucie County: Chill out and sip some sweet wine," 6 May 2018 Don't worry—the juice and stomped grapes are used as compost in the vineyard afterward, not for wine. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 July 2018 The chain known for uniting craft beer and specialty pies -- sriracha shrimp with pineapple and the red grape pizza with Gorgonzola and fresh rosemary -- launches a 145-seat location in August at Clay Terrace in Carmel. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "18 new restaurants in Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield and Indianapolis' north side," 27 June 2018 Those ingredients include flaxseed oil, hemp-seed oil, rice bran, black currant and coconut and grape seed oils. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Connoils, manufacturer of hemp and other oils, to move from the town of Waukesha to Big Bend," 13 July 2018 Here, a glass of red wine made from grapes grown just outside the restaurant can be the ultimate cure-all. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 July 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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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


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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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