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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Made from grape brandy, it’s frequently imbibed in the form of a pisco sour or punch. Michele Parente,, "3 Peruvian powerhouses are throwing quite the birthday party for Pisco Liberty Station," 13 July 2018 Guests will walk through the backdoor herb garden on their way to tour the backyard property which includes four barns and sheds, a privy, a smokehouse, kitchen garden, grape arbor and apple and maple trees. Courant Community, "Community News For The Glastonbury Edition," 10 July 2018 Loaded with grape and citrus antioxidants and powerful skin-soothers, this serum proved to be a real ally in my quest for a J-beauty complexion and battle against redness. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "I Tried a Japanese Skin-Care Routine for a Month, and These Are the Results," 9 July 2018 If desired, add red grapes or raspberries after the marshmallows to make a red, white and blue pattern on the stick. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, "6 colorful July 4th recipes to make your party sparkle," 3 July 2018 Based at his simple rustic guesthouse, Landhaus, visitors can tour the winery, sampling the 30 different wines Opitz makes each year; in the autumn months, grapes are dried on straw matting following an ancient Roman technique. Robert Joseph, A-LIST, "Hired It Through The Grapevine," 2 July 2018 Features fine art, entertainment, grape stomping competition and award winning Vinoklet wines. Luann Gibbs,, "Summer festivals guide 2018," 21 June 2018 Offerings range from dishes familiar to Americans — grape leaves, baba ganoush, lamb and chicken kebob wraps — to a variations of traditional dishes such as hawawshi and fateer., "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 15 June 2018 Hurry to prune grape vines and train them to an arbor or trellis. Tom Maccubbin,, "April in the garden," 31 Mar. 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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