vin santo

noun

vin san·​to ˈvin-ˈsän-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce vin santo (audio)
ˈvēn-
variants or Vin Santo
: an amber-colored wine of variable sweetness that is produced in Tuscany from partially dried grapes
In Italy, grapes for vin santo hang from rafters in warm attics for months after the harvest, their juice gradually becoming more concentrated.Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, 31 Jan. 1993
What I liked best, though, was a glass of Vin Santo, a sweet Tuscan wine made from aged Trebbiano grapes, served with crunchy almond biscotti for dunking.Caroline Bates, Gourmet, May 1988

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Italian vinsanto, probably shortened from vino santo literally, "holy wine" or vino di santo "saint's wine"

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vin santo was in 1798

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near vin santo

Cite this Entry

“Vin santo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vin%20santo. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!