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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In fact, most of Texas' wine grapes — up to 90 percent of them — are grown within a 100-mile radius of Lubbock. Mary Ann Anderson, Dallas News, "Lubbock is smack in the middle of nowhere but offers a bit of everything," 22 July 2019 Gloria Halas, 57, handed out cold bottles of water, bananas, watermelon slices and bunches of grapes to Shot in the Dark clients on Sunday night. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Shot in the Dark: Phoenix area needle exchange could end due to low funding, politics," 22 July 2019 In fact, most of Texas wine grapes — estimates are up to 90% of them — are grown within a 100-mile radius of Lubbock. Mary Ann Anderson, Twin Cities, "Lubbock is smack in middle of nowhere — and everywhere," 20 July 2019 In fact, most of Texas wine grapes — estimates are up to 90% of them — are grown within a 100-mile radius of Lubbock. Mary Ann Anderson,, "Lots to love in Lubbock, a West Texas town with a cowboy past and a bright future," 18 July 2019 But a new study published in the Frontiers in Physiology suggests that resveratrol, an antioxidant and compound found in blueberries and the skin of grapes, could be part of the dietary strategy that keeps astronauts strong on Mars. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "An antioxidant in red wine might power astronauts on Mars, study says," 18 July 2019 Flames also burned several rows of grapes, Trammell said., "Hood River County’s oldest winery closed after half-acre fire," 9 July 2019 A few of the grapes were overripe, but the rest weren't bad. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Target’s same-day deliveries might break my Amazon Prime addiction," 14 June 2019 Spiky-antennaed stag beetles sit on loaves of bread and bunches of grapes on a dining-room table. Susan Dunne,, "Insects swarm over Flo-Gris as part of ’Fragile Earth’ exhibit," 6 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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