grape·​vine ˈgrāp-ˌvīn How to pronounce grapevine (audio)
: an informal person-to-person means of circulating information or gossip
heard it through the grapevine
: a secret source of information

Examples of grapevine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here are the blue skies, the tawny hills, the grapevines tinged fierce red. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 Just take a wreath form (this one uses a grapevine wreath as its base) and attach your favorite seasonal stems with floral wire. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Oct. 2023 But grapevines do grow — and thrive — amid the state’s canyons and cacti, flourishing in a range of microclimates and at elevations of up to 5,500 feet. Gina Decaprio Vercesi, Travel + Leisure, 27 Oct. 2023 To make your own, start with a basic grapevine wreath and tuck real or faux stems of blooms and greenery into the branches. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Oct. 2023 Start with a basic grapevine wreath, then tuck in sprigs of faux eucalyptus, dusty miller, and more. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Oct. 2023 Resveratrol Resveratrol is a substance extracted from grapes, grapevines, almonds, and some berries, which has long been used in traditional medicines in east Asia, due to its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 14 Aug. 2023 Hearing through the grapevine that a railroad was on its way, shopkeeper Andrew Jackson Meyers got a homestead grant of 160-plus acres in the mid-1880s and subdivided the land into the community that would become the city. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2023 The property is also home to a grapevine rescued from outside a neighborhood bistro that closed during the Covid lockdown. Molly Fitzpatrick, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grapevine was circa 1736

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Cite this Entry

“Grapevine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


grape·​vine ˈgrāp-ˌvīn How to pronounce grapevine (audio)
: an unofficial means of spreading information or gossip from person to person

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Grape·​vine ˈgrāp-ˌvīn How to pronounce Grapevine (audio)
city in northern Texas northeast of Fort Worth population 46,334
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