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

Definition of grapevine

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

Examples of grapevine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Napa Valley vintners are on cautious alert for a voracious, grapevine-eating pest that was recently spotted in a vineyard. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 May 2022 Cell phones and online journals are a way for hikers to communicate, but old-fashioned notebook communal-trail registers found in shelters remain an important part of the hiker grapevine. Karen Berger, Outside Online, 28 June 2021 Last week, a story published by The Oregonian/OregonLive broke the news that early breaking grapevine buds in numerous Willamette Valley vineyards were damaged by a sustained spring frost. Michael Alberty, oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2022 Around that time, Linda heard through the grapevine that a girl named Elaniv Burnett had died following an overdose. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2022 The striking grapevine tattoo on Day’s left arm sparked a conversation. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 18 Apr. 2022 In the late 1800s, a German immigrant named William Pfeffer owned a grapevine nursery in Saratoga. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Apr. 2022 As rooted in the Perigord soil as a grapevine, Bruno reminds me — in his rich emotional life, his love of community and food — of Joseph Hansen’s insurance investigator in 1980s Los Angeles, Dave Brandstetter. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2022 Through the inevitable prison grapevine, a picture of Torres’s final days has begun to emerge. Alma Guillermoprieto, The New Yorker, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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28 May 2022

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“Grapevine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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Grapevine geographical name

Grape·​vine | \ ˈgrāp-ˌvīn How to pronounce Grapevine (audio) \

Definition of Grapevine

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


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