oe·​no·​phile | \ ˈē-nə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce oenophile (audio) \

Definition of oenophile

: a lover or connoisseur of wine

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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.

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Recent Examples on the Web Nowadays, the Black Sea coast is an oenophile’s dreamland, attracting people from across the country who want to try making their own wine in its rocky soil. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "In Russia’s Idyllic Wine Country, Dark Tales of Dreams Dashed," 1 Nov. 2020 Your oenophile friends will probably roast you on social media for checking into this grocery store land of white Zinfandel. Chris Macias, SFChronicle.com, "A full day wine tasting in Napa for less than $20 — it’s possible," 24 July 2018 Proprietor and world-class oenophile, Whitney Asher, will happily guide you through the award-winning wine list of over 100 wines, 40 of which are available by the glass. William Li, Town & Country, "Perfect Long Weekend Destinations Just Outside New York City," 5 Oct. 2020 But an overnight jump from $30 to $60 would smack oenophiles with sticker shock. Brad Japhe, Bloomberg.com, "In the Face of New, 100% Tariffs, What Spirits to Stock Up On Now," 13 Feb. 2020 Conducted via Zoom from the company’s vineyards just North of Santa Barbara, the sessions are perfect for a group of oenophiles, and an educational way to raise a glass to the woman who raised you. Jasmin Perez, Sunset Magazine, "The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide," 1 May 2020 Where to grab a pre-flight drink Quality wines are available by the glass at Bar Veloce (near Gate 29) and offer something for even the snobbiest of oenophiles, according to city guides director Corina Quinn's picks. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "JetBlue Terminal at JFK: Where to Eat, Drink, and Relax Before Your Flight," 31 Jan. 2020 Even the most seasoned oenophile can use a refresher on the basics. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "How Do Sommeliers Do It? The Tricks to a Polished Pour," 14 Mar. 2019 Armed with this list, a vintage chart and price history, and a corkscrew, an aspiring oenophile can school him- or herself in the wines of Bordeaux without undue frustration. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "Pick a Side in the Great Red Wine Wars: Bordeaux or Burgundy?," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of oenophile

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oenophile

French œnophile, from œno- (from Greek oinos wine) + -phile -phile — more at wine

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“Oenophile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oenophile. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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