Definition of oenophile
: a lover or connoisseur of wine
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Oenophiles seeking to understand the origins of their favorite vintages may soon turn to science, which has returned the most comprehensive analysis yet of wine’s chemical characteristics.
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"It has become quite a common proverb that in wine there is truth," wrote the 1st-century A.D. Roman scholar, Pliny the Elder. The truth about the word wine is that it goes back to Latin vinum, but it is also a distant relative of the Greek word for wine, which is oinos. Indeed, Latin borrowed from the Greek to create a combining form that means "wine," oeno-. Modern French speakers combined oeno- with -phile (Greek for "lover of") to create oenophile before we adopted it from them in the mid-1800s. Oenophiles are sure to know oenology (now more often spelled enology) as the science of wine making and oenologist (now more often enologist) for one versed in oenology.
Origin and Etymology of oenophile
French œnophile, from œno- (from Greek oinos wine) + -phile -phile — more at wine
First Known Use: 1865
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