sau·​ternes | \ sō-ˈtərn How to pronounce sauternes (audio) , sȯ-, -ˈtern \

Definition of sauternes

1 capitalized : a full-bodied sweet white wine from the Bordeaux region of France
2 usually sauterne : a semidry to semisweet American white wine that is a blend of several grapes

Examples of sauternes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Port and port-style wines fall under the broader umbrella of the dessert wine category that includes ice wine, sauternes and late harvest renditions of rieslings or zinfandels. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "This isn't your grandpa's port. These Arizona wineries are aging the next big thing," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of sauternes

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sauternes

French, from Sauternes, commune in France

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27 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sauternes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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