ret·​si·​na | \ ret-ˈsē-nə How to pronounce retsina (audio) \

Definition of retsina

: a resin-flavored Greek wine

Examples of retsina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gaia has two wineries, one on Santorini, which makes excellent whites, and one in Nemea in the Peloponnese, which focuses on reds and retsina. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Intrepid wine lovers might want to take a chance with a retsina. David Tanis, New York Times, 2 July 2021 The retsina, a nonvintage Gaia Ritinitis Nobilis, was beautiful, bright and balanced with discernible piney highlights. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 8 Dec. 2016 One of the first things wine novices learn is that retsina is awful. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 8 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of retsina

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for retsina

Modern Greek, perhaps from Italian resina resin, from Latin — more at resin

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“Retsina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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