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 lipstick comes in over a dozen color options, including carnation pink, plum rose, rose brown, and merlot. Robin Raven, Forbes, "Mother’s Day Gift Guide: The Best Vegan Makeup For Traveling Moms," 27 Apr. 2021 With a climate characterized by dry summers and wet winters, vineyards thrive here, growing cinsaut, merlot, and alicante, along with smaller yields of chenin blanc and chardonnay. Love Akinkunle, Travel + Leisure, "5 Amazing Wine Destinations in Africa for Delicious Drinks and Beautiful Views," 24 Apr. 2021 Like Cheval Blanc, the great St.-Émilion to which White Horse pays homage, this is a blend of cabernet franc and merlot, roughly 70 percent to 30 percent. New York Times, "10 New York State Wines to Drink Now," 22 Apr. 2021 In November 2019, SpaceX and Space Cargo Unlimited launched 12 bottles of the wine, along with 320 merlot and cabernet sauvignon vine snippets into space. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "This Wine Just Spent a Year in Orbiting Earth — Here's How It Tastes," 1 Apr. 2021 Reddish browns such as merlot, maroon or scarlet suggest warm and cozy instead of the alarm raised by fire-engine red. Merlisa Lawrence Corbett,, "How to decorate your home in boho style," 18 Mar. 2021 Nearly 200 wineries are spread along the valley's sub regions, each with distinct climate and soil conditions, producing sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, chardonnay, and riesling as well as pinot noir, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "COVID Grounded This Airline Pilot — so He's Using His Sommelier Skills to Host Virtual Wine Tastings," 26 Mar. 2021 Made of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, and zinfandel, this is the signature bottle from a popular and thriving vineyard. Anthony Marcusa,, "The best cheap wines," 10 Mar. 2021 Use faded versions of yellow, blue and red, such as mustard, blue-gray and merlot. Merlisa Lawrence Corbett,, "How to decorate in French Country style," 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of merlot

1926, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2021

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“Merlot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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