noun oe·no·phile \ˈē-nə-ˌfī(-ə)l\

Definition of oenophile

  1. :  a lover or connoisseur of wine

Did You Know?

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 around 1930. Etymologically-inclined oenophiles are sure to know that "oenology," for the science of wine making, and "oenologist," for one versed in oenology (more often spelled "enology" and "enologist") also trace back to the Greek root.

Origin and Etymology of oenophile

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

First Known Use: 1930

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