noun, often attributive
\ˈwīn \

Definition of wine 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the alcoholic fermented juice of fresh grapes used as a beverage

b : wine or a substitute used in Christian communion services

2 : the alcoholic usually fermented juice of a plant product (such as a fruit) used as a beverage blackberry wine

3 : something that invigorates or intoxicates

4 : a dark red


wined; wining

Definition of wine (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to drink wine

transitive verb

: to give wine to wined and dined his friends

Examples of wine in a Sentence


apple, blueberry, and other fruit wines

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Mia: Maybe broach the topic of her donning a strap-on over dinner after a glass of wine — or two. Steve & Mia,, "Steve & Mia: How to broach an unusual sex request," 12 July 2018 Allardyce had been secretly taped at Wing’s, a Chinese restaurant in Manchester beloved of Louis van Gaal, apparently drinking a pint of wine while discussing opportunities with Daily Telegraph journalists pretending to be businessmen. Jonathan Wilson,, "Gareth Southgate Makes Own Luck in Guiding England to World Cup Semifinals," 10 July 2018 The new Northern California would include 40 counties, including Sacramento, San Jose, and San Francisco as well as the state's wine country and rural northern areas. Kathleen Ronayne, The Christian Science Monitor, "Challenges lay ahead for California's three-state push," 15 June 2018 There is also the argument being made by California’s Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility being investigated for possibly starting the wine-country fire that killed more than 40 people. Jake Bullinger, Outside Online, "No Teen Should Have to Pay a $36 Million Wildfire Fine," 23 May 2018 That same playfulness emerged through frequent instrument swapping throughout the two-hour set — Chassagne for one played keytar and drums and glockenspiel and wine bottles with spoons. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Review: Arcade Fire burns hot enough to consume a few flaws at Summerfest," 9 July 2018 These days, a typical week’s worth of trash might contain a receipt or two, fruit stickers, a wine-bottle cap, a label, an adhesive bandage and some packing tape. Victoria Adams Fogg, Washington Post, "She cut her weekly trash down so much it fits in an unbelievably small jar," 7 July 2018 Extra: wine bottles up to $99 are available during the Surf and Turf for half-off. 10. Gwen Ashley Walters, azcentral, "10 summer deals at Phoenix restaurants, casual to upscale dining," 15 June 2018 In 2018, wine bottle pool floats can be ordered with one click, but finding a bra that fits? Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "ThirdLove Just Introduced 24 New Sizes So We Can Finally Find a Bra That Fits," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Purists, like Hovhannisyan, insist that fresh lavash—torn and folded for easy scooping—is the only acceptable utensil for eating khash, and that vodka, never wine or beer, is its only worthy sidekick. Benjamin Kemper, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of Khash, Armenia’s Love-It-or-Hate-It Hangover Cure (Recipe)," 27 Feb. 2018 Purchases of growlers and kegs include a chance to wine one of four $50 Beer Engine gift cards. Carol Kovach,, "Buckeye Beer Engine anniversary aids Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp.: A Place in the Sun," 26 Feb. 2018 Cocktails frequently lose out to wine and beer at home because so much of what’s on menus requires more effort and expense than non-professionals are willing to commit to. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Simple and delicious cocktails you can make at home | The Kansas City Star," 20 Feb. 2018 Pence’s press secretary’s comment comes after the Times reported last week that the vice president has been wineing and dining influential Republican donors at the Naval Observatory. Lindsay Kimble,, "Is Mike Pence Hedging Bets The Russia Scandal Will Make Him President?," 12 July 2017 SANTA ROSA, Calif. — In the heart of Northern California’s wine country, a civil engineer turned marijuana entrepreneur is adding a new dimension to the art of matching fine wines with gourmet food: cannabis and wine pairing dinners. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, "Marijuana Industry Presses Ahead in California’s Wine Country," 18 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of wine


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1829, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for wine


Middle English win, from Old English wīn; akin to Old High German wīn wine; both ultimately from Latin vinum wine, perhaps of non-Indo-European origin; akin to the source of Greek oinos wine

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English Language Learners Definition of wine

: an alcoholic drink made from the juice of grapes

: an alcoholic drink made from plants or fruits other than grapes

: a dark reddish-purple color


\ˈwīn \

Kids Definition of wine

1 : an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of grapes

2 : an alcoholic beverage made from the usually fermented juice of fruits (as peaches) other than grapes


\ˈwīn \

Medical Definition of wine 

1 : fermented grape juice containing varying percentages of alcohol together with ethers and esters that give it bouquet and flavor

2 : a pharmaceutical preparation using wine as a vehicle

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