noun, often attributive
\ ˈwīn How to pronounce wine (audio) \

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

Noun apple, blueberry, and other fruit wines
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Winemaker Jason Moore advises carefully cellar-aging this wine for three to five years, but it can be enjoyed over the next two decades. Jeanette Hurt, Forbes, 7 May 2022 These aged cheeses require a bold wine that is able to match their flavor intensity. Mandy Major, Woman's Day, 6 May 2022 The name gianduiotto is thought to come from carnival figure Gianduja, a jolly wine-loving peasant, popular in the 1800s, who embodied the epicurean nature of locals. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 5 May 2022 Finally, the residue from shard #744 contained plant oils, animal fats, byproducts that may have come from fermentation (to make wine or beer), and sulfur. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 May 2022 Going back to Burgundy—making wine there—would be a full-circle proposition. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 25 Apr. 2022 Had asked a wine for Vito based on facts like that. Leila Atassi, cleveland, 22 Apr. 2022 Today, locals come down to their off-grid farm dwellings to tend to their gardens, make wine in the vineyards, go fishing, or simply escape and unwind in this little unspoiled paradise. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 21 Apr. 2022 Pull together a group of women entrepreneurs, pour some wine, and it’s only a matter of minutes before the stories of the bully investor from the big venture firm–who holds the power of the big check–start to come out. Sallie Krawcheck, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Employee resource groups have come a long way from mainly hosting networking events where members could wine and whine—as critics sarcastically described them. Joann S. Lublin, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2021 Nicknamed the Black Pearl, the resort saw entertainers such as Ray Charles and James Brown, who would wine and dine with other vacationers hailing from the eastern part of the country. Morgan Jerkins, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Aug. 2021 Many cities would love to have a major league team, and many are ramping up plans to wine and dine the A’s. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2021 The idea, Levin said, is to consider the spirit in the same way someone would wine. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Apr. 2021 Feeling fine and ready to wine and dine with a dozen different dudes? Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Apr. 2020 The Press: Where to wine down on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve — wineries open for the holidays. Taylor Kate Brown,, 18 Dec. 2019 Louisiana Purchase will wine and dine guests at its second Sicilian Chefs Table dinner party. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2019 Patrons can wine and dine on the small front patio, which captures the authentic neighborhood charm near the heart of the city. 603 E. 6th Ave. The Know Staff, The Know, 27 June 2019 See More

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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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“Wine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for wine


\ ˈwīn How to pronounce wine (audio) \

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 How to pronounce wine (audio) \

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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