mer·​lot mer-ˈlō How to pronounce merlot (audio)
often capitalized
: 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 Focus Features Director Alexander Payne's Oscar-winning 2004 satirical road comedy Sideways singlehandedly made pinot noir the hot new varietal while arguably spurring a decline in sales of merlot. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 25 Dec. 2023 There is wine served twice a week, though most of the cabernet and merlot grown in Cal-a-Vie’s private vineyard is used to source vinotherapy treatments. Beth Landman, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2024 The space was wrapped in merlot velvet with hundreds of candles flickering around and the 40 crystal glittering chandeliers hanging over the gold marble dance floor. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 14 Jan. 2024 For 2024, shake things up a bit and try out subtler shades of red like maroon and merlot. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 4 Jan. 2024 Wines, which include tempranillo, chenin blanc and merlot, are well-made and prized. Teresa Gubbins, Dallas News, 13 Aug. 2023 View On Amazon October: Dark Cherry Call it merlot red, vampy red, or dark cherry—this color should still be very clearly still be red from afar, but dark enough to feel decidedly ready for fall. Jenna Sims, Southern Living, 13 Dec. 2023 The color options couldn’t be better, from a warm, buttery yellow to a rich chocolate merlot. Talia Connor, Rolling Stone, 7 Dec. 2023 This set includes four of the brand’s classic flavors—blueberry lemon basil, strawberry raspberry tarragon, blackberry mulled merlot, and plum and rose—as well as a downloadable cookbook with recipe ideas for making the most of these jams. Melanie Fincher, Southern Living, 17 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of merlot was in 1926

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“Merlot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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