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 Find some dozen food trucks, live music and beer and wine from Trinity Brewhouse. Lauren Daley,, 19 May 2022 In addition to the food, Bohemian Brewery will serve beer and wine. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2022 And those seeking a more relaxed experience are welcome to sip beer and wine by the pool. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2022 Liquor companies in the U.S. have been taking market share from beer and wine for years, so have got by just fine selling in higher volumes. Carol Ryan, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Guests can bring their own beer and wine on the cart. al, 1 May 2022 Seats are $45/per person with beer and wine available on site. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 For those who knew little about wine, Lewis would find out how that colleague learns best and tailor his presentations accordingly. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 All passengers are invited to bring their own beer and wine aboard the train and will have access to Amtrak's Metropolitan Lounge's first-class amenities ahead of the trip. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 11 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 27 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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