grape·vine | \ˈgrāp-ˌvīn \

Definition of grapevine 

(Entry 1 of 2)

2a : an informal person-to-person means of circulating information or gossip heard it through the grapevine

b : a secret source of information


geographical name
Grape·vine | \ˈgrāp-ˌvīn \

Definition of Grapevine (Entry 2 of 2)

city in northern Texas northeast of Fort Worth population 46,334

Examples of grapevine in a Sentence

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Other players have been sourced through a vast Moroccan grapevine of scouts in Belgium, Germany and Spain. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "In Morocco, an Imported Team for the World Cup," 5 June 2018 Avoid the grapevine, Scorpio, but don't dismiss the facts on the table. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What June's Scorpio Horoscope Means for You," 29 May 2018 Over the next three years, 2,644 more acres were added across the county, more than doubling the footprint of grapevines here. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "The rise of the Red Hills of Lake County," 1 June 2018 Perform 2-4 sets of grapevine and squats resting 30-60 seconds between sets. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stepping up your training can boost your heart, lower-body muscles," 11 July 2018 Since the 19th century, when a plague of phylloxera ravaged most of Europe’s grapevines, the solution was to graft the European vines onto American roots, which are immune to the aphid. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "The Grape From Manchuela," 21 June 2018 Under the glow of five grapevine chandeliers, chefs Wayne Nguyen (Maba Pan-Asian Diner), Martin Stayer (Nobie's) and Alyssa Dole (Pinkerton's Barbecue) served a true farm-to-table, family-style meal. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrity "Chefs in the Field" cater Recipe for Success's first Sunday supper at Hope Farms," 27 June 2018 First, Luann learns through the grapevine that Ramona desperately tried to gain an invite to Tom’s New Year’s Eve party, which was held on the same boat where the de Lesseps-D’Agostinos hosted their rehearsal dinner one year prior., "Luann Told The Entire Side Of Her Arrest Story On RHONY," 21 June 2018 The industry is losing the arms race to the pathogens that continually evolve and attack the grapevines. Kevin Begos, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Grow the First Great American Wine Grape," 6 June 2018

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circa 1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of grapevine

: a climbing plant on which grapes grow

: an informal way of spreading information or rumors through conversation

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