\ˈwī-(ˌ)nō \
plural winos

Definition of wino 

: a usually indigent alcoholic who is addicted especially to wine

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This weekend is jam-packed with festivals—beer freaks, winos, music lovers and craft geeks will all have something to do. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago festivals this weekend: Windy City Wine Festival, Oktoberfest, Renegade Craft Fair," 8 Sep. 2017 Impassioned winos relish moments of bonhomie Mark Oldman,, "Why It’s So Hard to Tell If a $100,000 Bottle of Wine Is Fake," 6 Sep. 2017 Relative to the brand's product offering, this is just a small sampling, so hopefully there will be a complete collection for winos in stores soon! Jessica Mattern, Woman's Day, "Wine Lovers Rejoice! Bath and Body Works Just Released New Wine-Inspired Scents," 31 Aug. 2017 Tyrion Lannister: Remember when Tyrion was a womanizing wino? Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Who Is the Biggest Fuccboi on Game of Thrones?," 30 July 2017 Sounds like a pretty great way to get active on vacation, while also indulging your inner wino. Avery Matera, SELF, "This Underwater Winery Takes the Mermaid Trend to the Next Level," 19 July 2017 I got acquainted with the local winos, and some of them were nice guys. Karen Schoemer, New York Times, "In California, Finding ‘Fat City’ With the Man Who Wrote It," 30 May 2017 Even his midlife crises like About Schmidt and Sideways were filled with cranks, winos and idiot savants. Scott Thill, WIRED, "Daniel Clowes’ Comic Wilson Worms Toward Hollywood," 20 Nov. 2010

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First Known Use of wino

circa 1915, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wino

: a person who has no place to live and who is often drunk

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