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 This tasty Bordeaux, made from 100 percent merlot, delivers. Washington Post, "This $11 Bordeaux begs for pizza or burgers and will put a smile on your face," 18 Dec. 2020 The study was not without warnings for those who enjoy a glass of merlot with dinner — even among wine drinkers, those who drank at least one alcoholic beverage every day had a 9% higher mortality risk than those who limited their drinking. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Wine and dine: Study suggests drinking alcohol with meals cuts risk of death," 12 Jan. 2021 Inside, Ma Rainey — played by Viola Davis, her lips painted burgundy, eyelids smoked with black, cheeks stained merlot — beckons the audience in a royal blue dress. New York Times, "August Wilson, American Bard," 3 Dec. 2020 Comes in three colour choices: merlot, titanium and black. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "Cyber Monday: The best deals in Canada," 29 Nov. 2020 Georgia's autumnal colors can be majestic, many leaves are still on the trees and so the course could be bathed in every warm hue from sienna to merlot. Don Riddell, CNN, "What a Masters like no other might be like," 10 Nov. 2020 If you’re not sold on a red-hot crimson or scarlet, opt for a deep cherry or merlot. Washington Post, "Pandemic and other 2020 angst getting you down? There’s a color for that.," 17 Sep. 2020 This pure, fruity, entry-level organic syrah-merlot blend comes from a boutique winery on the slopes of Mount Lebanon that also makes a stellar estate white blend. Elin Mccoy,, "Lebanon Needs You to Buy Its Wines. And, Yes, They’re Really Good," 24 Sep. 2020 Things like bottles of merlot, lavender salts and even fresh produce. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, "Taking a Road Trip During the Pandemic? Consider Camping (Legally) on Private Land," 3 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of merlot

1926, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

31 Jan 2021

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“Merlot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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