grapevine

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noun grape·vine \ˈgrāp-ˌvīn\

Definition of grapevine

  1. 1 :  grape 2

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

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Circa 1736

First Known Use of grapevine

circa 1736


Grapevine

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geographical name Grape·vine \ˈgrāp-ˌvīn\

Definition of Grapevine

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


GRAPEVINE Defined for English Language Learners

grapevine

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Definition of grapevine for English Language Learners

  • : a climbing plant on which grapes grow

  • : an informal way of spreading information or rumors through conversation



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