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 So grab a cup of coffee, or maybe even some wine — Audrey jokes that either red or white was just fine during the pandemic, as long as there was plenty of it. cleveland, "Myles Garrett’s mom Audrey: The untold story of why COVID-19 really sacked him, insight into the helmet incident, and more," 26 Apr. 2021 Complimentary wine, cheese, fudge sampling, live music and more. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: April 26-May 2," 25 Apr. 2021 More than 20 vendors will offer local handmade products and food ranging from grass-fed beef, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan bread, pastries, coffee, spirits and wine, flowers and handmade jewelry. Susan Soldavin,, "Fire department gives hot ride for a 90th birthday gift | CLARKSVILLE," 23 Apr. 2021 Choices include the Hawaiian Julep plus specials on wine, beer, cocktails, shareable starters and tacos. Alison Stanton, The Arizona Republic, "Where to watch the Kentucky Derby 2021 in Phoenix: Turf Paradise and 8 more locations," 23 Apr. 2021 Pat chicken dry using paper towels and place in a large resealable plastic bag. Combine lemon peel, lemon juice, wine, garlic, salt, oil and lemon basil in a blender or food processor. Bill Ward Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Lemon-tinted herbs perking up sweet and savory dishes," 21 Apr. 2021 This 14,000-square-foot Seaport space reopened earlier this month with a menu stocked with beer, wine, hard cider, frosé, and coolers., "10 Boston-area breweries with beer gardens open now," 20 Apr. 2021 Drinks include beer, wine, cocktails and pitchers of sangria. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, "A new restaurant from Curtis and Luke Stone, Musso & Frank returns and U Street Pizza," 20 Apr. 2021 In a separate bowl, add the remaining soy sauce, wine, sesame oil, cornstarch and white pepper, then add the black vinegar and brown sugar and stir to combine for the sauce. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Delicious, not discarded: Get more out of your fresh produce," 14 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The idea, Levin said, is to consider the spirit in the same way someone would wine. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2A Wine Merchants, a shop and tasting room, is due in summer in the Third Ward," 15 Apr. 2021 Feeling fine and ready to wine and dine with a dozen different dudes? Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "Dating app etiquette in a time of quarantine," 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,, "Bay Briefing: What would a 2010 San Franciscan think of the city now?," 18 Dec. 2019 Louisiana Purchase will wine and dine guests at its second Sicilian Chefs Table dinner party. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: San Diego taco institution opens third location in Mission Valley," 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, "The coolest patios and rooftops to eat and drink on in the Front Range," 27 June 2019 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

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Wine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 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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