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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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 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

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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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