noun, often capitalized
mer·​lot | \ mer-ˈlō How to pronounce merlot (audio) , mər- \

Definition of merlot

: a dry red wine made from a widely grown grape originally used in the Bordeaux region of France for blending also : the grape itself

Examples of merlot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fungus here are cooked in a glug of merlot for extra richness, and melty swiss with a swipe of garlic mayo are the perfect accompaniment. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "In 2019, the burgers in these cities are better than ever," 24 Oct. 2019 The 2017 Peynaud-Bagnac, a blend of 65 percent merlot, 30 percent cabernet sauvignon and 5 percent cabernet franc, is textbook Bordeaux, with black fruit flavors and a mineral note commonly called graphite or pencil shavings. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Snag this juicy, French white wine for just $9," 27 Sep. 2019 These vines are of the European Vitis vinifera species, which produce familiar grapes like cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Walla Walla vineyards face threat of phylloxera, insect that ruins grapevine production," 4 Sep. 2019 In 2019, his merlot and cabernet franc won gold medals in Jerry D. Mead’s New World International Wine Competition. Stacey Mckenna, The Know, "Colorado wine is finally coming into its own," 24 Aug. 2019 Taste your way through Rombauer’s flagship chardonnay and lovely merlot, and pick up a bottle (or 12) of their famous zins ($35 to $80). Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "10 Gold Country sipping, dining and outdoor adventures," 10 Aug. 2019 The wines are organized by varietal—ranging from a malbec from Mendoza to a merlot from Patagonia—and every time a dish arrives at your table, waiters will offer a few tips as to which section of wines will best complement your meal. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Argentina, Machines Are the New 'Sommeliers'," 12 Sep. 2018 Other choices include two exceptional rosés, a thought-provoking riesling from the Finger Lakes and a delicious merlot from Washington state. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "On July 4, celebrate America with this delicious $12 California zinfandel," 21 June 2019 Also on the lineup are three lipsticks — a deep merlot hue and two shimmery shades in pink and peach — as well as eyeliners in sparkly black and maroon. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Whoa, Urban Decay Is Launching an Entire Naked Cherry Makeup Collection," 4 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of merlot

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Merlot.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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