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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Winc, dubbed a modern wine club, is offering 50% off your first order‎ of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and other varietals made from grape grown with sustainable farming techniques. oregonlive, "Last-minute, DIY Father’s Day gifts: Surprise Dad on Sunday," 18 June 2020 Segura Viudas Cava Rosado features a Trepat grape lending intense fruitiness, lively color and a lovely, approachable balance. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "7 Wines You Need To Try For National Rosé Day," 13 June 2020 And after that, look at the grape varietals and blends used in the wine. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Welcome to pet-nat summer. Here's where to buy the natural sparkling wine in metro Phoenix," 12 June 2020 At Kukkula, owner and winemaker Kevin Jussila dry-farms 50 acres of grape vines, 32 acres of walnuts, and eight acres of French varietals of olives. Tanvi Chheda, Travel + Leisure, "This Long-overlooked California Region Has Offbeat Hotels, Stunning Beaches and Hiking Trails, and Some of the Best Wines in the West," 11 June 2020 But not all the credit goes to winemaker Rich Gilpin’s exceptionally fragrant wines, which almost invariably spring from grape varieties and traditions most closely identified with France’s Rhone Valley. Mike Dunne,, "Lavender Ridge Vineyard: Aromatherapy with benefits and fragrant wines," 21 Jan. 2020 During the first week, cooks made fried chicken served with German potato salad and grapes. Jennifer G. Wolcott, The Christian Science Monitor, "A new stone soup: Idle restaurants fire up to feed the hungry," 29 May 2020 The result is thinky without being rules-heavy, and the delightful grape and fish meeples add a pop of color. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "6 board games I’m playing during the pandemic," 23 May 2020 Piedmont, Italy, $20 Ruchè is a minor red grape from Piedmont, in northwestern Italy, a region best known for nebbiolo and dolcetto. Washington Post, "Make this easy-to-find, $9 rosé your summer sipper," 22 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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27 Jun 2020

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“Grape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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