mus·​cat ˈmə-ˌskat How to pronounce muscat (audio)
: any of several cultivated grapes used in making wine and raisins

Examples of muscat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Made from muscat ottonel— Iglesias notes that the winery owns the only muscat ottonel vines in Uruguay— viognier and ugni blanc grapes, each of which is fermented separately, where the muscat undergoes very short maceration on the skins while the other twog rapes fermet in concrete tanks. Cheryl Tiu, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The earliest crossbreeding probably happened in what is now Israel and Turkey, creating muscat grapes, which are high in sugar—good for eating and fermenting. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 19 Sep. 2023 Over 75 different types of grapes are grown here, including cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, tempranillo, grenache, viognier, chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc, muscat canelli and chardonnay. Teresa Gubbins, Dallas News, 13 Aug. 2023 Sourcing high quality muscat camellia and muscat Alexander grapes from the West Coast, this lovely wine boasts a medley of mango, peach, lychee and papaya. Jeanette Hurt, Forbes, 7 May 2022 The white is a co-ferment of muscat grape skins from Paradis Vineyards with Brown Snout, Pitmaston Pineapple, and Kingston Black apples. oregonlive, 31 Mar. 2023 Now, about that purple muscat… this really is an uncommon barrel for a cask finish. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2022 But this new whiskey spent 28 years maturing in bourbon barrels, before being re-casked into a Portuguese purple muscat French oak cask for another four years. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2022 Such is the case with this new 32-year-old single malt from Dublin distillery Teeling, which was finished in a purple muscat cask. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2022

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Word History


Middle French, from Old Occitan, from muscat musky, from musc musk, from Late Latin muscus — more at musk

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of muscat was in 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Muscat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Mus·​cat ˈmə-ˌskät How to pronounce Muscat (audio)
variants or Masqat
town and port on the Gulf of Oman population 24,893

Note: Muscat is the capital of Oman.

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