grape·​vine | \ ˈgrāp-ˌvīn How to pronounce grapevine (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Grapevine (audio) \

Definition of Grapevine (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of grapevine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the 18th century, Stromboli’s inhabitants farmed the volcano’s terraced slopes, but, in 1880, a parasitic phylloxera outbreak attacked the grapevines and destroyed the agricultural culture. Andrea Frazzetta, National Geographic, "What it’s like to live in the shadow of an active volcano," 29 Dec. 2019 According to the office grapevine, someone who just joined your team a few weeks ago is making more money than people who've been there, doing good work, for much longer —maybe including you. Anne Fisher, Fortune, "Why New Hires at Your Company Are Getting High Pay but Older Employees Aren’t Getting Raises," 9 Dec. 2019 Most of the grapevines planted by Beinstock and others in the seventies have been pulled up or abandoned; only about fifty acres remain. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, "How Natural Wine Became a Symbol of Virtuous Consumption," 18 Nov. 2019 Dig down into the ground around the grapevine root. oregonlive, "Utah serviceberry brought to Oregon infected with rust: Ask an expert," 9 Nov. 2019 By the time wildfire season hits, most grape growers have tilled their cover crop — the beneficial plants, such as rye and barley, that grow between rows of grapevines — which removes yet another burn risk. Esther Mobley,, "Vineyards can help stop fires. They did in the Alexander Valley," 29 Oct. 2019 This has proved to be an effective method for killing wild grapevines for decades. oregonlive, "Utah serviceberry brought to Oregon infected with rust: Ask an expert," 9 Nov. 2019 Finally, my partner (in life and fine dining) spots rows of sprawling grapevines with a giant metal red bird sculpture to mark the turn. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette Offers a Tasting Menu for the Climate-Conscious Era," 7 Nov. 2019 Something for the weeknight Rooftop Reds is a gift of a roof bar, where hammocks perched between potted grapevines offer supine views of Downtown Brooklyn. New York Times, "A Very Full Day at Snug Harbor on Staten Island (and Where to Eat and Drink Nearby)," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of grapevine


circa 1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of grapevine was circa 1736

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“Grapevine.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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