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

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There is no shortage of cute places to stay either, such as The Clifton, Boar’s Head Resort, or the Farmhouse at Veritas Vineyard, nestled among rolling hills covered in grapevines. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Beyond Napa: 7 Emerging American Wine Regions to Visit Now," 29 Aug. 2018 The house boasts views of Chauncey Creek, an oversized dock on 184 feet of water frontage, and a grapevine covered gazebo perfect for lazy afternoons drinking lemonade. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Lighthouse-inspired home in Maine asks $1.1M," 12 Sep. 2018 Dances often had knee lifts, grapevines and steps forward and back. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "Balkan dance requires fancy footwork — and the ability to count to 4 in several languages," 8 Oct. 2018 Mtsvadi, hunks of pork grilled over grapevines until crackling and drippy, are a specialty at Nikala, a no-frills roadside restaurant in Vardisubani next to Chateau Mere wine hotel. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Georgian Wine Country," 5 Sep. 2018 The country’s flag, which features a red cross and four small grapevine crosses in each square, makes many appearances throughout the collection, including as a charm on a choker necklace and as a full winter jacket. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Decoding the Georgian and Russian Symbols at Vetements," 2 July 2018 Image Napa Valley, a delightful landscape of wildflowers and grapevines spread across miles of rolling hills, has been immortalized in film, literature and European wine competitions. New York Times, "36 Hours in Napa Valley," 21 June 2018 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

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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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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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