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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Teens often want to share their own news before their friends hear about it through their parents’ grapevine. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Decision Day 2021: How Teens Are Sharing College Acceptances (and Rejections) After a Rough Year," 1 May 2021 Like a human who’s uncomfortably thirsty, a grapevine in drought conditions may simply have less energy to spend, resulting in a crop that’s smaller than usual. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "California's droughts sometimes make better wine - but they're bad for the industry overall. Here's why," 22 Apr. 2021 Most crew who jump ship do so not through agencies but through the old-fashioned grapevine. Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, "Here’s How to Keep Your Crew From Being Pirated by Another Yacht," 18 Apr. 2021 Courtesy of Walmart Give your mantel a farmhouse Easter feel with this 18-inch tall grapevine Easter Bunny. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, "8 Easter Decor Items You Can Score at Walmart," 26 Mar. 2021 Given that, the other strategy for advocates is to leverage the grapevine. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "The Struggle to Vaccinate People in Jails and Prisons," 17 Mar. 2021 Realistic-looking daisies and wildflowers encircle the grapevine base, giving it a welcoming full look. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 12 Best Spring Wreaths on Amazon to Celebrate the New Season," 12 Mar. 2021 When a scrap of paper with with Durham’s home address was found in part of the Hartford jail holding a group of mobsters in the 1990s, word moved quickly through the law enforcement grapevine. Edmund H. Mahony,, "U.S. Attorney John Durham resigns; led prosecution of mobsters, drug kingpins and corrupt politicians. ‘A hero in the law enforcement community.’," 26 Feb. 2021 Slabs of meat sizzle over grapevine embers, cheese breads ooze by the dozen, and soup dumplings arrive by the hot, slurpy vatful. Benjamin Kemper, Bon Appétit, "Turn Your Confounding Produce Into Gorgeous Georgian Pkhali," 2 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of grapevine


circa 1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Grapevine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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